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WOCCU Program Seeks U.S. Candidates
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:05 AM

The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) 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, WOCCU 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.

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 msuing@woccu.org or (608) 395-2075.

For more information on the Department of State Professional Fellows program, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/citizens/profs/professional-fellows.html