Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS)
600 Fifth Street, Suite 301 Ames, IA 50010
Contact: Del Christensen, Executive Director
Phone: 515-292-7103
Best time to call: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

This organization is aimed at providing international service opportunities and allowing people in developing nations to come and learn about service and volunteerism in the United States.

For Drake students there is an opportunity to serve on the board, volunteer and possible do unpaid internships helping with coordination and administrative aspects. Training and time commitment for these opportunities vary on a case by case basis.

This group provides opportunities for people to come to the United States and learn skills so that they may use them to help better the situation in their home countries.

In addition, they are currently recruiting for a volunteer group to travel to Pemba Island, Tanzania for an experiential learning and volunteering opportunity.  IRIS coordinates is the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program in Tanzania, which brings high school exchange students to the U.S. for one academic year. While the students are in the U.S., they learn about volunteerism and community service and work to coordinate projects back in their own country. To date, 90 students from Tanzania have participated in the program with 30 of those youth coming from the Zanzibar archipelago. Students on Pemba Island in the Zanzibar archipelago have organized a number of small service projects and engaged the youth of their communities in volunteerism. We would like to build on that community-service spirit and help address critical needs issues in the small communities of Pemba Island by including this location as a LEAD GSL project location. IRIS is working with Drake University to determine logistics and cost per student for this trip.  Our hope is that the trip would occur in June, 2013 and last 4 – 8 weeks.

Find them at:

Twitter: @IRISinIowa!/IRISinIowa


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