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IRIS

Iowa Resource for International Service is a nonprofit, non-religious organization founded in 1993 and located in Ames, Iowa.

Our mission is to promote international understanding, diversity and peace.

Through several grant programs, IRIS brings students, journalists, business people, educators and government leaders to Iowa from Africa,
Central and Eastern Europe 
and Asia.

Quick Facts:

  • IRIS was founded in 1993 by former Lieutenant Governor, Robert Anderson.
  • IRIS is the only organization that works with Nigerian and Tanzanian students within the YES program.
  • IRIS also includes students with disabilities in the YES program.
  • IRIS won the National Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizen Diplomacy by the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy in 2006.
  • IRIS has brought more than 700 international visitors to Iowa for various programs.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudia Williams permalink
    July 14, 2010 10:00 PM

    Hello,

    I am very interested in IRIS and would like to know if you can help me find a similar program that might be available in Florida.

    I would like to host a student or adult in my home.

    Please let me know if you can help me.

    Thank you.

    Claudia

  2. Laura Duncan permalink
    November 12, 2010 4:29 AM

    I’m interested in hosting a student. How do I go about that?

  3. Yusuf Bindi permalink
    September 29, 2012 8:34 AM

    Being part of the Yes program has really made me stand out among my peers and it has given me something that will forever remain with me. Because it has change me totally from being the quite person that I was to being a very vocal person back home in Nigeria. Apart from making friends from all over the world it gives u that sense of belonging and some sort of confidence to face reality. Because if I remember coming from Nigeria in 2006 with the YES4 in June we were just bunch of shy but hungry students eagar to learn abt America. I must confess we had a swell time and the entire iris staff did a very wonderful job in helping us adjust People like Rita, Inya, Katherine, Mr Del, and Mr Bob himself. God bless u all

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