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OCEAN (Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1994, which sponsors international exchange students, ages 15-18, and places them in volunteer host families and high schools throughout the U.S. for a semester or academic year.  The purpose of our program is to promote international understanding, cultural awareness and academic excellence.  OCEAN has been designated by the U.S. Department of State, as a J-1 sponsor for the high school exchange visitor program.  On the basis of materials submitted and reviewed, the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) has granted full listing to OCEAN in the 2023-2024 Advisory List.


Making new friends is one of many significant experiences that international exchange students are exposed to during the exchange program.  They also experience political influences and cultural diversities within the host community.  In return, the host family, local high school and community learn about the student's home country, history and traditions, which helps to promote international understanding.  Through their unselfish and caring commitment, the host family and their community are rewarded with the knowledge that they are helping to educate future world leaders.

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Jose Newton DePontes

Dawna Marez
Senior Director of Growth & Development


Lisa Heide
Director of Education & Support Services

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Frances Severino

Human Resources Director


Cody Marez
Director of Participant Management

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