WOCCU Schedules Cooperative Learning Tour to Ecuador

March 04, 2008

Steve Stapp, Cooperative Learning Tour
Steve Stapp, CFO of Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa, Calif., share a light moment with a girl in Ecuador during last year's Cooperative Learning Tour.

MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has announced the dates for its 2008 Cooperative Learning Tour to Ecuador. Participants can experience la differencia que hacen las cooperativas—the credit union difference—during a week-long guided tour of the South American country's credit union movement. The tour runs Oct. 12-19.

The Sunday-to-Sunday tour will give participants the opportunity to visit progressive Latin American credit unions and discover the difference they make in the lives of their members. Ecuador's credit unions are more technologically progressive than many of those in neighboring countries, using wireless messaging and mobile phone text messaging to conduct remote transactions. At the same, the credit unions serve members at the most basic levels, a blend of operations and philosophy that will give tour participants a renewed appreciation for the importance of the credit union movement.

In addition to visiting multiple credit unions throughout Ecuador, tour members will participate in "think tank" sessions focused on membership growth, micro-entrepreneurial activities, managing remittances, rural community development, reaching out to Hispanic members and other pertinent credit union topics. Participants also will visit El Crater on the rim of the Pululahua Volcano, the historic districts of both Quito and Cuenca, the Mitad del Mundo Monument, located on the Earth's equator, and the Teleférico tram and view of Quito from high atop the Andes.

Cooperative Learning Tour participants pay US$1,990 single (or US$1,790 per person for a shared room), which includes seven nights' accommodation in four- and five-star hotels, local transportation, most meals and admission to tourist venues scheduled as part of the tour. Participants are responsible for their own airfare to and from Quito, Ecuador's capital.

Download an informational flyer and registration form at For further information, please contact Meghan Olisar at or (608) 395-2095.

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 235 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
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