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YES student is thankful for experience in Nevada

To the editor:

I am a student from Egypt and have spent the 2013-14 school year living in Nevada and going to Nevada HS. I am on a scholarship with Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) through the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program. YES was created in 2002 by the U.S. Department of State to promote international understanding, development and peace.

I am appreciative and thankful for the way my host family and Nevada have welcomed me. I am grateful for the opportunity of being here and for the things I’ve had the chance to do and learn that I won’t find in Egypt. I was on the cross country team, basketball team and soccer team, and I also participated in speech group at school. I have met a lot of amazing people and made good friends that I will miss. I am grateful for the support I received from my host family, and to me they are more than a host, they are my second family.

This year I’ve heard ideas to help the community and Iowans volunteer whenever they have time for it. I have learned a lot of ideas that I hope I can do when I go back to Egypt. I am thankful for IRIS and their efforts. I wanted to thank my host family, the Bremers, the IRIS crew and especially Tim Glaza, who was helped and supported me. I want to thank everyone that I didn’t know 10 months ago and now they are family and friends that I will never forget what they did for me to help me be a better person.

If you want to host a YES student like me, please contact IRIS (www.iris-center.org).

Abdalla EL-Sayed

Student at Nevada High School

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