|World Council Leadership Program Seeks Candidates|
|Friday, 02 March 2012 20:04|
MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions is calling for applications from U.S. credit unions for the latest phase of the organization's new International Credit Union Leadership Program.
The program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, is part of the larger U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program.
The International Credit Union Leadership Program, which promotes internships for young credit union people from various countries, is designed to facilitate idea exchanges, promote foreign language skill development, enhance cultural diversity and improve problem-solving skills as they relate to credit union development and management on a global basis. In addition, participants will focus on finding new ways to attract younger members to their credit unions.
A group of 10 participants from Guatemala already have been chosen to intern at credit unions in the United States. During the four-component program's second phase, 10 U.S. credit union professionals will be selected to intern at credit unions in Guatemala. The internships, which run from June 10–23, 2012, will offer excellent opportunities for emerging credit union leaders to better understand how Guatemalan credit unions serve underserved populations and support their communities through member education and other special projects.
The program provides each participant with lodging with a local host family, a meals stipend, local transportation, traveler's insurance and a limited communications stipend. Selected participants must be able to participate in the full two-week program in order to qualify. It is the applicants' responsibility to arrange for time away from their credit unions prior to application. The sponsoring U.S. credit union is responsible for covering an airfare cost of US$1,350 associated with the applicant's exchange program as a sign of commitment to building human capital within their organization.
The selection criteria for U.S. program participants are as follows:
All participants will be required to submit an application with an essay and pass a telephone or web interview process.
For those interested, more information and a program application form can found at www.woccu.org/leadershipprogram. For more information on the Department of State Professional Fellows program, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/citizens/profs/professional-fellows.html.