2017 Program

This is our fifth year of the TOMODACHI US-Japan Youth Exchange Program, and we’re going strong!

We continue to adapt to ensure the most meaningful and rewarding program possible for our student participants. This year we have made the following changes:

  • We have returned to a group of 12 students (6 from DC and 6 from Japan). The Japanese group is divided between students from Keio Shonan Fujisawa Senior High School (our original school partner) and from various schools in the Tohoku region.
  • For the first time, all the DC students were selected from Globalize DC’s new Japanese Plus program. These students spent the 2016-17 school year meeting twice a week after school studying the Japanese language and learning about Japanese culture. They are a highly motivated group.
  • The year, DC has added a second chaperone – the language teacher from the Japanese Plus Program. She is supporting the DC students’ language learning while in Japan, and will offer language assistance to Japanese students as needed.
  • This year’s program is putting a strong emphasis on our students as storytellers. Photojournalism, interviewing, and storytelling workshops on the DC side will prepare students to better learn and then share the stories of resilience and innovation they encounter in the earthquake-affected areas of Tohoku they will visit.

This year’s teacher chaperones are Glenda Lee (Ballou Senior High School) and Yoko Eshita (Japanese Plus) from DC, and Haruhito Watanabe (Keio SFC) from Japan.

To mark our fifth year anniversary, we are planning for a post-program exhibit of the students’ work during the 2017-18 school year. To stay informed, check back at this website or “like” our TOMODACHI US-Japan Youth Exchange Program facebook page at www.facebook.com/tomodachiusjyep.

Read more about this year’s program here:

The 2017 DC Team: For information on the DC students

The 2017 Japan Team: For information on the Japanese students

2017 DC Program: For the DC program schedule

2017 Japan Program: For the Japan program schedule

Our Quilt 2017: One of the students’ culminating projects