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Spanish Immersion scholarships available

LSCU credit unions looking to participate in the World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) Spanish Immersion Program can get some help from the League. The program is extremely hands-on with participants getting 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. The LSCU is offering scholarships. Please contact LSCU Vice President, Cooperative Initiatives Laura Vann for more information.