Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment


2875 W. RAY RD. Suite 6 # 355Chandler, AZ 85224 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

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.


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.


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