NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies seeks host families for visiting high school students

Southeast Asia Youth Leadership ProgramThe Center for Southeast Asian Studies is urgently seeking three host families for high school students who will soon be visiting NIU to particpate in the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program.

The U.S. Department of State program brings high schoolers from the countries of Southeast Asia to NIU and Washington, D.C., to learn about leadership, cooperation, democracy and community involvement.

The State Department considers the experience of living in an American home one of the most important aspects of this program.

From April 12 to April 25, NIU will host students from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar/Burma, the Philippines and Thailand. Students are placed in pairs, and usually are from two different countries.

Living with an American family is a great opportunity for students to learn about life in the United States. But host families benefit, too, by gaining an opportunity to learn from the students about their home countries.

Anyone interested in being a host is urged to contact the International Training Office‘s home-stay coordinator, Leslie Shive, at lshive@niu.edu.

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