Longmont Sister Cities Association develops and fosters relationships between its three sister cities, Chino, Japan, Cuidad Guzman and the Northern Arapaho of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. The nonprofit is looking for more student ambassadors who would like to participate in the exchange with Mexico or the Wind River Reservation.
Longmont Sister Cities sends a small delegation of students to each sister city during the summer. Students within the St. Vrain Valley School District borders are eligible to participate even if they attend private schools or are homeschooled. Students must be enrolled in eighth through eleventh grades.
Students are called ambassadors and develop an understanding of the Japanese, Mexican and Native American cultures through their family living experiences.
Training sessions are provided for those selected and students can expect a 2-3 hour time commitment twice a month.
Fundraising opportunities are available to offset the cost of the trips, which are estimated to be $2,200 for Japan, $700 for Mexico and $400 for the Wind River Reservation. These costs will fluctuate depending on exchange rates and airfare costs at the time. Financial aid is available based on financial need and must be submitted upon student selection.
“It is a great way to meet new friends and have an experience of a lifetime,” said Courtney Michelle, spokesperson for Longmont Sister Cities Association.