World Council International Leadership Program Seeks U.S. Candidates
U.S. CU leaders encouraged to apply for U.S. State Department scholarships to intern at Costa Rica CUs in June
MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions is calling U.S. credit union professionals to apply for an intensive, two-week credit union internship in Costa Rica, June 9-22, 2013, through its International Credit Union Leadership Program. A committee will select 12 candidates to participate in the scholarship program, which covers all expenses but airfare. The application deadline is April 12.
"The International Credit Union Leadership Program offers excellent opportunities for emerging credit union leaders to better understand how another country's credit unions reach underserved populations and support their communities through member education and other special projects," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. "At the same time, interns gain deeper cultural appreciation and foreign language practice while living with host families."
The International Credit Union Leadership Program is designed to facilitate idea exchanges, promote foreign language skills, expose participants to cultural diversity and improve problem-solving skills as they relate to the credit union industry. Participating U.S. credit union leaders learn firsthand about methods to better serve an increasingly diverse membership, including youth, businesses and low-income and Hispanic members. In exchange, credit union professionals from Costa Rica also have the opportunity to intern in the United States. Twelve Costa Rican credit union professionals will begin their U.S. internships on April 7.
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.
U.S. participant Rodney Wilson, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues legislative and regulatory lobbyist, shares best practices on government relations at a credit union conference in the Dominican Republic.
"Participating in the International Credit Union Leadership Program was by far the best short-term professional credit union experience of my life," said Rodney Wilson, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues legislative and regulatory lobbyist. "I was humbled to have the opportunity to take my experience in government and politics across international borders to educate our credit union colleagues in the Dominican Republic about the best practices of government affairs in my native language of Spanish."
The leadership program provides each participant with credit union placement, lodging with a local host family, meals and communication stipends, local transportation and traveler's insurance. Sponsoring U.S. credit unions are responsible for covering an airfare cost of approximately US$950 as a sign of commitment to building human capital within their organization.
Applications are due April 12. For more information about World Council's International Credit Union Leadership Program and how to apply, visit www.woccu.org/leadershipprogram or contact Michael Suing at email@example.com or +1-608-395-2075.
For more information on the Department of State Professional Fellows program, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/citizens/profs/professional-fellows.html.
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 www.woccu.org.
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