Deadline Nears for International Credit Union Leadership Program in Brazil

If the idea of spending two January weeks in Brazil isn’t enough temptation, how about this: the World Council of Credit Unions is offering scholarships to emerging leaders in the U.S. to work alongside their Brazilian colleagues and learn firsthand how to better serve an increasingly diverse membership.

This year’s International Credit Union Leadership Program is scheduled for Jan. 12-25, 2014. The program includes placement in a Brazilian credit union, lodging with a host family, meal and communications stipends, local transportation, and travel insurance.

The only catch: The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 11. Applicants need to arrange for the time away from their credit union, and the sponsoring credit union is responsible for covering their intern’s airfare to and from Brazil.

It’s a unique opportunity, the World Council says, to exchange ideas, improve problem-solving skills, enhance cultural diversity, and practice foreign language skills, all while experiencing the ins and outs of credit unions abroad.

Point West Credit Union’s Sarah Ryan would agree. Ryan and other Northwest credit union professionals visited Costa Rica earlier this year and said the leadership program was “a life-changing trip.”

“The growth, both personally and professionally, that came with participating in the credit union exchange program was incredible,” she says. “Since returning from the trip, I have created new loan products based on what I learned in Costa Rica, presented to the entire staff about my experiences there, and been promoted to a new position at my credit union.”

Interested? Find more information or download an application here, or contact Brandi Gleason, director of member relations at the Northwest Credit Union Association, at 206.340.4811 or


Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216,

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