Mesa youth ambassadors

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What is the Mesa exchange programme?

Upper Hutt and Mesa (Arizona, U.S.A) are sister cities and Council is working in collaboration with the Mesa Sister Cities Association to provide an international, cultural exchange for local young people.

The Mesa programme was piloted in 2018 with two students from Upper Hutt College who travelled to Mesa for an exchange experience and also hosted a homestay for two Mesa students who came to New Zealand.

This years exchange programme was developed in conjunction with the 2018 Upper Hutt College youth ambassadors, and was introduced to students from Heretaunga College, creating connections across both schools.  

The Mesa exchange is an opportunity to not only visit another country and engage with varied and diverse cultural ideas and concepts, but to also represent Upper Hutt (and New Zealand) as international ambassadors.

This programme is available to local Upper Hutt secondary schools. If your school is interested in being part of this great initiative, please contact Council's Community Development team.