Host families needed in DeKalb County for Southeast Asian youth leadership program

Youth Leadership Program - Spring 2010NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies is seeking host families in DeKalb County to extend hospitality to 28 high school-aged students and seven educators from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

Host families are needed to open their homes for 12 days, from Sunday, Oct. 31, through Thursday, Nov. 11.

The three-week training program (held from Oct. 27 through Nov. 20) is designed to promote high-quality leadership, civic responsibility and community activism among the countries’ future leaders and prepare them to conduct projects at home that serve their communities. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Host families provide an invaluable and mutually beneficial learning environment.

Youth Leadership Program logoExpectations:

  • Attend host family orientation Monday, Oct. 25.
  • Provide breakfast each day and most dinners.
  • Provide all meals on free days.
  • Provide a private sleeping area for your guests. Students are placed in pairs and can share a room; adults can be placed as singles.
  • Transport guests to and from the Holmes Student Center for daily sessions.
  • Enjoy two free days with your guests Saturday, Nov. 6, and Sunday, Nov. 7.
  • Attend farewell reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12.

For more information, contact host family coordinator Leslie Shive at (815) 753-9546 or via e-mail at lshive@niu.edu.

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