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World Council Launches Second Year of International Credit Union Leadership Program

U.S. CU professionals invited to apply for scholarships to intern at Costa Rica CUs in June

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MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions is extending its International Credit Union Leadership Program to a second year, offering emerging leaders from Brazil, Costa Rica and the United States the opportunity to participate in intensive short-term credit union internships designed to broaden their professional expertise.

The International Credit Union Leadership Program is designed to facilitate idea exchanges, promote foreign language skills and cultural diversity and improve problem-solving skills as they relate to credit union development and management on a global basis. Participating U.S. credit union leaders will learn firsthand about methods to better serve an increasingly diverse membership, including youth, low-income and Hispanic members. The program will also enable credit union professionals from Brazil and Costa Rica to work alongside their American counterparts from U.S. credit unions to find solutions to similar challenges. The International Credit Union Leadership Program is part of the U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges. 

"The first year of the International Credit Union Leadership Program proved to be an eye-opening and transformational experience for both the interns and their host credit unions," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. "We encourage those who work so hard for their credit unions to take the time to step out of their environments and into an opportunity that will transform both their personal and professional outlook." 

The International Credit Union Leadership Program offers internship opportunities to 24 participants from the United States, 12 from Brazil and 12 from Costa Rica through an open application and interview process that evaluates applicants' leadership skills, adaptability to new surroundings and potential to initiate change in their credit unions. Ideal participants have intermediate Spanish-language skills. The first application process for 12 U.S. participants to intern in Costa Rica, June 9 to 22, 2013, will open this April. The next internship opportunity for 12 U.S. participants will take place in Brazil in January 2014. 

International organizations participating in the program include Federación de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito de Costa Rica, which is the trade association for Costa Rica credit unions, and Confederacao Interestadual das Cooperativas Ligadas ao Sicredi of Brazil, one of the largest credit union networks in Brazil. U.S. partners include Credit Union National Association, the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates, Texas Credit Union League & Affiliates and the Northwest Credit Union Association. 

For more information about World Council's International Credit Union Leadership Program, visit or contact Michael Suing at or +1-608-395-2075. 

El Consejo Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito es la asociación gremial y agencia de desarrollo para el sistema internacional de cooperativas de ahorro y crédito. El Consejo Mundial promueve el crecimiento sustentable de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y otras cooperativas financieras en todo el mundo a fin de facultar a las personas para que mejoren su calidad de vida a través del acceso a servicios financieros asequibles y de alta calidad. El Consejo Mundial realiza esfuerzos de defensa activa en representación del sistema global de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito ante organizaciones internacionales y trabaja con gobiernos nacionales para mejorar la legislación y la regulación. Sus programas de asistencia técnica introducen nuevas herramientas y tecnologías para fortalecer el desempeño financiero de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y profundizar su alcance comunitario.

El Consejo Mundial ha implementado 290 programas de asistencia técnica en 71 países. A nivel mundial, 57,000 cooperativas de ahorro y crédito en 103 países atienden a 208 millones de personas. Obtenga más información sobre el impacto global del Consejo Mundial en

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Contacto principal: Rebecca Carpenter
Organización: World Council of Credit Unions
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Teléfono: +1-608-395-2031
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