Young Professional Exchange - Curitiba, Brazil


May 19-25, 2019

Join us during World Council’s Young Professional Exchange Program in Curitiba, Brazil and connect with young leaders from financial cooperatives throughout the Americas.


SICREDI: A Model for Collaboration

This international exchange will highlight the SICREDI credit union system in Brazil. With more than 18,000 employees at 1,500 branches in communities throughout Brazil, SICREDI serves more than 3 million members with assets surpassing US$14.3 billion. A powerful model for collaboration has made these impressive figures possible and expanded access to financial services. Join us and see first-hand how SICREDI has strengthened credit unions with a compelling structure that improves efficiencies through shared services and enhances transparency in governance through democratic participation.

The program begins with SICREDI’s 2nd Annual Youth Summit, a unique forum that will bring together several hundred young professionals from Brazil and throughout the Americas to explore strategies for addressing the shared challenges facing financial cooperatives. Participants will learn how SICREDI’s powerful model for collaboration has expanded financial services and contributed to one of the fastest growing credit union movements in the world. Summit sessions will provide a deep dive into the topics of diversity and inclusion, highlighting examples from participants of impactful initiatives in their credit unions and communities.

Following the Youth Summit, the international delegation will visit SICREDI credit unions and see how the day-to-day operations there compare with their reality back home. This exchange connects participants with their counterparts in similar roles and provides a fascinating look at how credit unions service their members in Brazil. Participants will be exposed to new perspectives on governance, product development, marketing, social responsibility and more.

Don’t miss this life-changing professional development opportunity!

Tentative Agenda*

Date Activity
May 19, 2019 Arrive in Curitiba, Brazil (CWB)
May 20, 2019 Orientation session and Curitiba city tour.
May 21, 2019 SICREDI Youth Summit
May 22, 2019 SICREDI Youth Summit
May 23, 2019 Travel to Ponta Grossa. Immersion experience with SICREDI.
May 24, 2019 Immersion experience with SICREDI. Return to Curitiba.
May 25, 2019 Depart from Curitiba, Brazil (CWB)

*The full agenda will be updated as details become available.

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Investment – Registration Fee

US$1,650 per person in single occupancy accommodations (arrival on May 19, departure on May 25).

  • The registration fee for this program includes 6 nights hotel accommodation, some meals, interpretation services and local transportation during program agenda activities.
  • We encourage credit union professionals under 35 to attend and welcome newcomers to the movement of any age with a desire to see firsthand examples of financial cooperatives that are making a difference in their communities.
  • Portuguese language skills are not necessary to attend this program.
  • Seats are limited on this Young Professional Exchange and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Register Today

Contact Thomas Belekevich, Program Manager at tbelekevich@woccu.org to confirm your participation at this Young Professional Exchange in Brazil. 


Visa Information

Citizens of the United States, Canada and Australia require an e-visa for travel to Brazil. The process is simple. To apply, go to the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and register an account. Then, complete the Visa Application Form, upload the mandatory documents and answer a set of questions. Finally, make your payment directly on the site. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an email with a reference number. The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will issue the visa details via email within 4-5 business days.