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STUDENT BIOS

IRIS’s studentsĀ are all recruited through the U.S. State Department’s Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program. This particular exchange program seeks out each country’s brightest students who exhibit intelligence, leadership and enthusiasm to share their culture and learn about the “real America” that isn’t shown in Hollywood films. All students are on scholarship, meaning that they are here based on merit. To learn more specifics about our program, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Africa

Kenya

Maymuna

female

15 years old

Enjoys debate, reading, and wants to see snow for the first time.

Wants to be a doctor.

Liberia

Daniel

male

16 years old

Enjoys soccer, fishing, and hunting.

Wants to be a doctor.

Mali

Warda

female

15 years old

Enjoys arts & crafts, tennis, and children.

Wants to be an architect.

Mozambique

Kito

male

16 years old

Enjoys basketball, singing, and being an altar server at church.

Wants to be a mechanical engineer.

Tanzania

Hudhaymat

female

16 years old

Enjoys reading, cooking, and volunteering.

Wants to be a mechanical engineer.

Tanzania

Rahma

female

17 years old

Enjoys swimming, riding bicycle, and singing.

Wants to be a medical doctor.

Asia

Bangladesh

Aryan

male

15 years old

Enjoys physics, math, and photography.

Wants to be a physicist.

India

Vraj

male

15 years old

Enjoys drawing, history, and origami.

Wants to be an astronomer.

Indonesia

Alif

male

16 years old

Enjoys basketball, volunteering, and traditional dance.

Wants to be a diplomat.

Indonesia

Naufal

male

16 years old

Enjoys movies, reading novels, and farming.

Wants to be an engineer.

Indonesia

Sila

female

17 years old

Enjoys learning sign language and studying German.

Wants to be a doctor, lawyer, or astronaut.

Philippines

Insirah ("Ins")

female

16 years old

Enjoys Korean movies, public speaking, and adventures.

Wants to be an accountant.

Pakistan

Hooria

female

16 years old

Enjoys reading, music, and fashion.

Wants to be a fashion designer.

Pakistan

Muhammad

male

16 years old

Enjoys video games, writing, and basketball.

Wants to be a biomedical engineer.

Turkey

Ali

male

15 years old

From a farming family. Enjoys swimming, history, and movies.

Wants to be a medical doctor.

North Africa & Middle East

Bahrain

Maryam

female

15 years old

Enjoys pets, yoga, and binge-watching TV.

Wants to be a physiotherapist.

Egypt

Mohammad

male

15 years old

Enjoys Photoshop, web design, and programming.

Wants to be a web designer.

Israel (Arab communities)

Hala

female

15 years old

Enjoys computers, pets, and soccer.

Wants to be a computer engineer.

Jordan

Yazan

male

15 years old

Enjoys the outdoors, sports, and playing guitar.

Wants to be a dentist.

Morocco

Nouha

female

16 years old

Enjoys taking and editing photographs of nature.

Wants to be a renewable energies engineer.

Tunisia

Abir Tej

female

15 years old

Enjoys debate, performing, and philosophy.

Wants to be a human rights lawyer.

Did you see a student who might fit well in your home?

If you want more information about a particular student or hosting in general, contact IRIS today! Schools have limited spots for exchange students, so time runs out quickly to get students placed in some districts.

E-mail

E-mail yessupport@iris-center.org to get answers to your initial questions and learn about the hosting process.

Phone

Call our office! Our local number is 515-292-7103 and our toll-free number is 866-333-6944.

Visit

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