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Introducing new KL-YES placement interns

May 24, 2012

Along with 20 students from several different countries, IRIS is happy to welcome three KL-YES placement interns to our staff.

Together, Moses Bomett, Jacob Hanrahan and Anna Pringnitz will work to place students with host families across Iowa. The interns contact schools, churches, previous hosts as well as use many other resources to find homes for students during the 2012-2013 school year.

Bomett says he is already anxious to meet all the exchange students when they arrive in August. “It will be a great way to see how all our work has paid off,” he said.  The exchange program hits home for Bomett, who  has spent most of the past five years of his life living with a host family in Urbandale, Iowa, as Bomett was raised in Kenya. He said, “They have taken me in like their own son. It is through that experience that I believe it is important for me to find host families for the exchange students this year.”

Hanrahan also takes pride in finding host families, as he said “I am most looking forward to the opportunity to give an exchange student the ability to have an incredible and eye-opening experience here in Iowa. I feel it is my duty to make sure they have the experience of a lifetime.”

IRIS hopes to provide the KL-YES students with an unforgettable experience while they are in Iowa, as well as after they return to their home countries through project updates. Pringnitz said she is anxious to learn how IRIS works, and thinks “it will be a great experience, and I couldn’t be more excited to begin.”

Moses Bomett As president of Iowa State University’s Theta Chi Fraternity and founder of Hope 4 Africa, Moses spends much of his time volunteering in Ames and around the world. The junior, majoring in Economics, Political Science and International Studies, spent 12 years of his childhood in Kenya before moving back to the United States to finish two more years of high school at Valley High School in West Des Moines. Moses is passionate about sustainable development, quality education and hopes to visit every country in Africa someday.

Jacob Hanrahan is a junior at Iowa State University majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Physical Therapy. After taking a trip to Singapore and Kuala Lampur, Malaysa in Spring of 2012, Jacob has developed a passion for learning about other cultures and helping others receive the same travel and educational opportunities that he has. Jacob has also been to Japan and China, and would like to explore Europe.


Anna Pringnitz is a sophomore at Iowa State University pursuing degrees in Communications and Psychology with a minor in Biology. Anna keeps busy with Dance Marathon, and recently traveled to Nicaragua on a mission trip where she worked at an orphanage. She is anxious to work with individuals across Iowa while learning more about Africa and helping others through IRIS. Along with Africa, Anna would also like to visit Europe and South America.

  • To find out more about the KL-YES program, visit our website here.
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