About

Who are oui?
 

Oui-Connect started in 2014 as an international student exchange program. We strive to build an international family full of love, fun, and culture. Through our different programs, students & families around the world are forever connected with an unforgettable experience

Our Team

A Team Of Professionals

Linda Brenden

Linda Brenden

Program Manager

Born and raised in Southern California. Linda has over 35 years of experience in the international student exchange progams as a manager and director of programs.

Her work at Oui-Connect is valuable for the team and every host family, knowing she has always the best interest of the students and families.

She knows the value of cultural exchange for young students and host families better than anyone as she has seen thousands of families, including her own, benefit from these short-term programs that last a lifetime in your heart.

Above all, she is an incredible mother and grandmother.

Orange County

Hector Bachelot

Hector Bachelot

Director of Programs

Once an exchange student himself, Hector truly believes international immersion is the best way to step out of your comfort zone & learn new cultures.

Phone: (949) 338-9388

Email: hectorbachelot@oui-connect.com

Judy Cohen

Judy Cohen

Area Coordinator

Judy has been a part of the Oui-Connect team since the beginning. She has been working in the international exchange world for over 6 years & has hosted over 47 students. She is an all-star host mom & her love of people & different cultures shines.

Phone: (949) 683-2529

Email: judy@oui-connect.com

Monica harter

Monica harter

Area Coordinator

Location: Orange County

Monica Harter studied abroad as a student and it changed her life. She has hosted students from the UK and Africa multiple times. Her children love hosting because they create a relationship with people they consider their older brothers and sisters. Monica has traveled in Europe extensively. 

Phone: (949) 510-1324

Email: Monica Harter <monharter@gmail.com>

Bakersfield, CA – Region

Rebecca Herrera

Rebecca Herrera

Area Coordinator

Rebecca has been working with international exchange students for about 14 years. She’s placed more than 1,000 students with host families over the years & she is still going strong today. It’s not an easy task for anyone.  Rebecca is not only an incredible recruiter but she is an incredible Mom, host Mom, and wonderful person.  Rebecca and her family have endured more than most families but she still comes out with a smile and a kind word.

Phone: (661) 333-3416

Email: rsherrera@aol.com

Santa Clarita, CA – Region

Nikki Beck

Nikki Beck

Area Coordinator

We love hosting international students! Our family has been hosting students for 15 years. We have the privilege of being the “California Mom & Dad (& siblings)” for students from over 15 countries. Our own kids have grown up learning about other cultures & have maintained these special relationships. We look forward to hosting every summer!

Phone: (661) 755-6152

Email: rogerandnikki@sbcglobal.net

Wendy Hidalgo

Wendy Hidalgo

Area Coordinator

Our family has been hosting for 10 years & we love it! It has been a wonderful opportunity for my home-schooled children to experience the world. It has offered the opportunity for our family to travel & meet our students in their towns. We have hosted approximately 50 plus international students in our home over 10 years. Now my children are looking to travel again and meet with their brothers and sisters from other countries.

Email: whidalgo@socal.rr.com

Phone: 661.313.1303

Features

What We Do Best

Host A Student

Experience what it’s like to host a foreign exchange student.

Go Abroad

Immerse yourself in another culture. Learn and grow in a new place.

Direct Exchange

A reciprocal exchange: Host & be hosted in another country.