Happy Valentine’s Day, Iowa!

Although the weather is freezing and bleak, the warmth for Iowa continues to burn in the hearts of our Youth Exchange & Study students. When applying to the program, students have no idea where they will be placed with a host family. When they find out that IRIS will be finding them their home-away-from-home, they usually stop and wonder, “Iowa…? What is Iowa?” But it never fails that upon arrival in our state, their immediate reaction is, “It is beautiful!” Students love to see the seasons change, and they are always surprised by how welcoming and kind-hearted Iowans can be.

With these thoughts in mind, some of our students wanted to send a Valentine to Iowa in 2018.


If you’re interested in sharing the 2018-19 school year with an international student and watching them fall in love with Iowa, contact IRIS today! For more information visit: www.iris-center.org/faq