Welcome to the Kofu School Exchange Program!
Iowa and Yamanashi became Sister States in 1960 – the first Sister State relationship between the United States and Japan. Over the years, Des Moines Public Schools has built a special relationship with the people and schools of Kofu, Yamanashi’s capital city. The exchange began in 1983, making it one of the longest running student exchanges in America.
Students will leave Des Moines on May 31 and arrive in Kofu, meeting their host families June 1. The students will leave Kofu and travel to Tokyo, where they will spend the final two days of their trip. Students will return to Des Moines June 12.
Did you know we have DMPS teachers in Kofu, Japan teaching English? Like right now? How awesome is that?
We are reaching out to them to see how their experience is going. We will share their stories once we hear back!