We’ve now completed four successful years of our TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program. We have been funded for a fifth year! This year’s program will run from July 15 – August 15, 2017, with the first half in Washington, DC and the second half in Japan.

We are currently looking for host families for our Japanese students from July 18-30. If you are interested in hosting a student, please contact Benjamin Gaylord at: gaylord@americancouncils.org.

Please explore this website to learn about the program, In particular:

Our 2016 DC program agenda

Our 2016 Japan program agenda

Also, most importantly, be sure to check out the student blog – and leave your comments. This is where our Japanese and DC students share what they are experiencing and reflect on what they’re learning.

You can also enjoy a videorecording of the students’ 2016 final presentation from the DC part of the program.

And from our 2015 program:

The videorecording of the students’ final presentation at American Councils in Washington, DC on August 14, 2015.

A student-created video, presented by TOMODACHI USJYEP participant S.M.

The U.S.-Japan Council’s article on the first half of the 2015 program in Japan.

The U.S.-Japan Council’s article on the TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program.

The TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program, inaugurated in 2013, is sponsored by the U.S. Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative and administered by American Councils for International Education and their partners, Globalize DC in Washington, DC, and Common Earth as our Japan-based partner. The program is offered at no cost to participants, thanks to the generous support of Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Hitachi, Ltd. The program also depends on many individuals and organizations in both Japan and DC who generously contribute their time, resources, expertise, and personal stories to create a memorable and life-transforming program for our TOMODACHI USJYEP participants. We thank them all.