League Scholarships to WOCCU’s Spanish Immersion Program Available

One- and Two-week Programs Offer Comprehensive Introduction to Language, Culture and CUs

June 07, 2010

Contact: Joshua Fetting
Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Spanish Immersion Program 2009 participant with host family
Amy Klassen, community outreach manager at Denver Community Credit Union and a participant of the 2009 program, with her host family in Costa Rica.

MADISON, Wis. — In support of the credit union philosophy of serving the underserved, four U.S. state credit union foundations and leagues have created scholarships enabling employees from their member credit unions to participate in World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) Spanish Immersion Program. Participants in the program are fully immersed in Spanish language lessons and Hispanic culture, while also spending time working at local credit unions and exploring their marketing strategies. The program provides participants with valuable insight into ways to better serve Hispanic consumers at their home credit unions.

This year's program takes place in San José, Costa Rica, where participants will begin each day with four hours of Spanish language instruction at a certified language school with an emphasis on business and financial terminology. Each participant is classified according to his or her individual skill level, from beginner to native Spanish-speaker. The participants will be able to apply what they learn from language classes in a real-world setting while living with a pre-screened Costa Rican host family. The host family will provide a private room and all meals to the participant, along with the experience of being a part of a Hispanic family.

The 2010 program begins October 2. Participants can choose either a one- or two-week session priced at $1,800 and $2,600, respectively. Those who register before June 30 will receive a $100 early bird discount.

The state credit union foundations and leagues currently offering program scholarships are as follows:

  • The Texas Credit Union Foundation is offering three scholarships for 80% of the total registration fee for the one- or two-week program. Please contact Courtney Nickles at or +1-800-953-8283 for an application form and other requirements.
  • The Credit Union Association of New York is offering two half scholarships for the one-week program for its members. Please contact Allison Barna at or +1-800-342-9835 ext. 8134 for an application form and other requirements.
  • The Arizona Credit Union Foundation is offering one full scholarship including airfare for the one- or two-week program. Please contact Sandy Watts at or +1-602-264-6701 ext. 202 for an application form and other requirements.
  • The League of Southeastern Credit Unions is also offering scholarship opportunities. Please contact Laura Vann at for details.

For more information on the Spanish Immersion Program or to download brochures and registration forms, please visit Or, contact Joshua Fetting at +1-608-334-6646 or

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