Australia Sister City Education Exchange Program

Advisory Committee

Jennifer Chamberlin, EHS Assistant Principal

Ginger Collins, EHS Teacher and Australia Club Advisor

Mayra Figueroa, EHS Teacher

Diana & John Jason, EHS Parents

Vicki Snell, EHS Parent

Anne McClanahan, Former EHS Parent & Community Member

Sister School

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College

from Wyndham, Australia


EHS 2013 Delegation

Jennifer Alejandre

Sterling Gates

Abby Griffith

Jackie Hubbard

Jeremy Lawrence

Jackson Letterman

Alyssa McKay

Rhiannon Parker



Mayra Figueroa

Valerie Smith


EHS 2012 Delegation

Alejandra Delgado

Gianna Jason

Serena Kao

Maribel Maldonado

Padraig Mulholland

Brooke Thomas

Ilene Umansky

Brad Wilson




Jennifer Chamberlin

Ginger Collins

Wayne Dill

EHS 2011 Delegation

Natalie Castaneda

Elizabeth Garcia

Sierra Gordon

Adrianna Navarro

Sarah Snell

Alex Tenno

Cesar Torres

Danielle Ulrich 

EHS 2010 Delegation

Austin Abernathy

Christy Brown

Raquel Espinoza

Erin O'Neil

Angelina Ortiz

Jocelyn Sanchez

Jillian Tanner

Charlie Umansky

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The Australia Sister City Program expands the educational component of the Sister City Agreement between Costa Mesa, CA, United States and Wyndham, Victoria, Australia.  Participants in the program learn to appreciate and respect another culture while living with Australian familes and attending high school.  The program provides a unique opportunity for the student to become a global citizen.  The students experience first hand that "The World is Our Classroom".  The Australai Sister City Education Exchange Program was established in 1997 and students began participating in the program in 2005.  Each January, Estancia High School receives a delegation from our Sister School, Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, in Wyndham, Australia and sends a delegation to Australia each July.

2014 Delegation from Australia

2014 Delegation from Australia

Top Row:  Naomi Muir (Teacher), Katie Cunningham, Anthony Di lorio, Toby Armour, Marco Planella, Scott Logan (Teacher); Bottom Row:  Rani Blick Merta, Jasmine Balla, Bethany Holmes, Olivia Hudson.


Estancia High School will welcome the 2014 Delegation from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College in Wyndham, Australia on Saturday, January 18.  Eight students and two teachers from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College will be staying with host families from Estancia High School for three weeks through the Australia Sister City Education Exchange Program.  Hoppers Crossing Secondary College is the Sister School of Estancia High School and Wyndam is the Sister City of Costa Mesa.  During their stay, they will be attending classes at Estancia with their host students, presenting to families at the PTSA meeting on January 23, presenting to students at Estancia High School and Victoria Elementary School, meeting with officials from Newport-Mesa Unified School District and the City of Costa Mesa, touring city facilities, spending time at tourist destinations in Orange County and Los Angeles.  Welcome Aussies! 

2013 Estancia Delegation

2013 Estancia Delegation

Pictured from left to right:  Jeremy Lawrence, Jackie Hubbard, Jackson Letterman, Rhiannon Parker, Abby Griffith, Jennifer Alejandre, Sterling Gates, and Alyssa McKay.

2013 Delegation from Australia

Australia Delegation 2013

In January and February 2013, Estancia High School will hosted eight students and two teachers from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College in Wyndham, Victoria, Australia.   Pictured left to right are:  Caitlin White (Teacher), Brooke Gathercole (Year 12), Kellie Morris (Year 12), Jordan Hamilton (Year 12), Zoe Sidwell (Year 11), Bailey Flint (Year 11), Kallie Dineen (Year 11), Zarko Vojinovic (Year 12), Kahlia Blake (Year 11), and Mark Pino (Teacher).

2012 EHS Delegation

Group picture LAX 001.JPG Hoppers Crossing Secondary College Our new jumpers Jazz Hands Ice Skating at the Docklands Student Presentation Ballarat Wildlife Park Meeting koalas Feeding kangaroos Departing for the Great Ocean Road Bells Beach Great Ocean Road Ready to fly Zip Line at Otway Fly Shopping at Victoria Market The Debutante Ball At the Deb Ball Team USA On the train into the city Federation Square Out and about in Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Fire Brigade Victoria Police Station Wyndham City Council Bike Tour of Melbourne Werribee Mansion Looking sharp in the HCSC uniforms
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What does it take to be a youth ambassador?


  • Must be a current Sophomore or Junior to apply
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must have parental permission to apply (signature required)
  • Must be able to make a one-year commitment to the program if selected as a Youth Ambassador 
  • Must have support and involvement from parents
  • Must be willing to participate in fundraising activities that benefit both Youth Ambassadors and the program overall