High school juniors living in Gilbert or attending Gilbert schools invited to apply
for free trip to China and Northern Ireland next summer

GILBERT, Ariz. (Sept. 4, 2018) — High school juniors living in Gilbert or attending a school located in Gilbert have the opportunity to visit Leshan, China, or Antrim-Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland for free next summer through Gilbert Sister Cities’ Youth Ambassador Program. Applications, which are due Oct. 19, are available at

The application, which includes a personal essay, parent essay and teacher recommendation, is part of a rigorous selection process that also includes individual and group interviews, social events and fundraisers—activities that also prepare candidates for college and scholarship applications and interviews.

“Regardless of whether they are selected as one of our four youth ambassadors, participation in the process helps candidates learn how to articulate their strengths, think on their feet and refine their ability to stand out from the crowd,” says Suzanne Lunt, Gilbert Sister Cities’ president. “To make the experience even more beneficial to all, this year we will be bringing in experts on interviewing and networking to provide candidates with additional coaching.”

With Gilbert Sister Cities’ 20th anniversary approaching in November, candidates will also have the opportunity to participate in the Gilbert Days Parade and interact with delegates from Antrim-Newtownabbey, who are visiting to commemorate the agreement signed between the two cities in 1998.

“Although the candidates do extensive research on both of Gilbert’s sister cities, speaking with members of the Antrim-Newtownabbey Borough Council and business community will provide even greater insight into the culture they may experience,” Lunt says. “The opportunity to participate in the anniversary celebrations enables candidates to enjoy an even richer educational experience.”

Gilbert Sister Cities’ 2018 Youth Ambassadors are visiting schools and youth groups to generate interest in the program, provide details and answer questions; please contact Lunt at to schedule a presentation.


About Gilbert Sister Cities
Established in 1998 as a community-supported nonprofit organization, Gilbert Sister Cities brings the world together through cultural, educational, trade and sports programs that promote international and intercultural knowledge and understanding. Gilbert has two sister cities: Antrim-Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland (1998) and Leshan, China (2002). More information is available at

Application and more info coming soon

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