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International Partnerships

The League of Southeastern Credit Unions is working with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the Federación de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Credito de Costa Rica (FEDEAC) to build the foundation for a second-tier credit union organization to handle liquidity in Costa Rica. The partnership is also working on deepening its six credit union-to-credit union partnerships in which an Alabama credit union is directly partnered with a Costa Rican counterpart. In 2010, the program expanded to include Florida credit unions.

Jordan Burroughs visited Costa Rica in June 2013 as part of LSCU's international partnership program.

The League of Southeastern Credit Unions is working with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the Federación de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Credito de Costa Rica (FEDEAC) to build the foundation for a second-tier credit union organization to handle liquidity in Costa Rica. The partnership is also working on deepening its six credit union-to-credit union partnerships in which an Alabama credit union is directly partnered with a Costa Rican counterpart. In 2010, the program expanded to include Florida credit unions.

In June 2013, Jordan Burroughs (center), LSCU governmental affairs specialist, participated in the International Credit Union Leadership Program as an intern for two weeks in San José, Costa Rica. The program, sponsored by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the U.S. State Department, is designed to facilitate idea exchanges, promote foreign language development, enhance cultural diversity, and improve problem-solving skills as they relate to global credit union development and management.

The following is an excerpt which appeared in an article in Signal magazine, detailing Jordan's experience:

Program interns are pictured in front of the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica. During this visit, the group heard from economists and a cultural adviser to get a feel for the country’s economy and culture, prior to their credit union visits.

"Since I am a League employee and I do not work for an actual credit union, my host was FEDEAC, which is one of the national credit union leagues in Costa Rica. During my time there, I lived with a FEDEAC employee, Marlen, who took me to work with her every day, and showed me the sights and culture of Costa Rica in the evenings. While I was at FEDEAC, I spent time learning about the organization and what it does for credit unions; I attended board meetings and roundtables, toured the Costa Rican Congress building, and shadowed the employees during their daily activities. I also had the opportunity to see a few fellow American participants during some visits to credit unions.

The experience taught me about Costa Rican credit unions, but I also learned a lot about the credit union movement in general. I learned that “people helping people” is truly a universal concept. It was very interesting to speak with Costa Rican credit union employees and the other American interns on the trip and hear them tell me essentially the same thing; they believe in the credit union movement and they participated in this program to be able to offer the best possible products and service to their members. It was interesting for me to observe credit union employees from multiple backgrounds and cultures that all genuinely care about their work and the well-being of their members."

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