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Meet Tim

September 30, 2013

We would like to announce the newest member of our IRIS family, Tim Glaza, our new Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Assistant.

Glaza is a native Iowan from Waterloo. He studied political science at Iowa State University, and just recently completed his Master of Science degree in political science at Illinois State University.

Before Glaza started to work at IRIS, he had some fulfilling memories as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia from 2008-2011. “I lived in a rural community and I worked with farmers on sustainable agriculture techniques. Crop diversification, agroforestry, and bio-intensive gardening are some of the techniques we used to increase crop yield and conserve the environment,” Glaza said.

Glaza’s experience with the Peace Corps and living with a host family of his own is what attracted him to work for IRIS. “One of the best parts of my Peace Corps experience was living with a host family. Participating in family activities, chores, and learning about the culture as a member of family was a great way to understanding Zambia and the community where I lived.” Glaza was also drawn to IRIS because of its rich history connecting international visitors and students with great host families in Iowa.

One of Glaza’s most exciting experiences was riding the full RAGBRAI in 2011 and again in 2012. “Being aware of our similarities and differences can help build understanding and allow us to build relationships that are fundamental for peace. Iowa’s families, schools, and communities are a great representation of the United States and we have a lot to share with the world,” Glaza said.

He also supports IRIS’ mission to connect Iowan communities with individuals and communities worldwide. “I think it is important to connect Iowa to communities worldwide because these connections help expand and improve the way we think about how cultures are similar and different,” Glaza said.

We are excited to have Tim with us, especially during this momentous year—our 20th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program!

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