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NIU seeking DeKalb-Sycamore host families for Southeast Asian high school exchange programs

Northern Illinois University student I Younan An of Phnom Penh was part of the Southeast Asian exchange program when he was in high school, and ultimately decided to attend NIU for college, too. He is with associate professor Eric Jones who is director of the Center For Southeast Asian Studies.
Northern Illinois University student I Younan An of Phnom Penh was part of the Southeast Asian exchange program when he was in high school, and ultimately decided to attend NIU for college, too. He is with associate professor Eric Jones who is director of the Center For Southeast Asian Studies.

If you’d like to open your home to explore different cultures and welcome foreign exchange high school students, Northern Illinois University has a program for you.

NIU is seeking host families in the DeKalb-Sycamore area for high school students from Southeast Asia participating in two different programs, according to a news release. Host family duties include providing private sleeping space for students, breakfast each morning, dinners most evenings, all meals on nonschool days and transportation to and from their home to NIU’s Holmes Student Center.

Funded by the state, the university’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies will host two U.S. State Department youth-exchange programs: the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership program and the Philippine Youth Leadership Program in April and May.

The Southeast Asian Youth program brings 50 high school students and 10 adult leaders from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to DeKalb for three and a half weeks of training. Host families for this program would host pairs of students from April 13 to 20.

The Philippine program brings 24 students and four adult leaders from the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines to NIU for four weeks. Host families for this program would host students from April 21 to May 5.

Orientation for each host family will be provided before students arrive.

Interested families should email Southeast Asia Homestay Susan Edwards at se3279@gmail.com or email Philippine program coordinator Nancy Melms at nsteckelbergmelms@niu.edu.

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