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Southeastern CU League Shares Expertise With Costa Rican Fellows
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., and TALAHASSEE, Fla. (4/12/13)--The League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates will be hosting emerging leaders from Costa Rica during the next month.

The participants are part of the U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program, which brings worldwide emerging leaders to the U.S. for intensive fellowships to broaden their professional expertise.

"We've hosted Costa Rican credit unions in the past and we've also had our credit unions go to Costa Rica," said LSCU President/CEO Patrick La Pine. "However, this program will begin to give these Costa Rican credit union leaders real experiences in U.S. credit unions. The experiences will be invaluable as future credit union leaders."

Southeastern credit unions will host eight credit union leaders from Costa Rica. The program participants have been placed in credit unions in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa in Alabama, and Orlando, Tampa, Panama City and Miami in Florida. One Fellow will spend time with LSCU before heading to South Florida to complete her time in the program. LSCU has had an international partnership with Costa Rica, through the World Council of Credit Unions, since 2005.

The program supports international cooperation and builds networks of people and organizations working on critical issues worldwide. The LSCU program facilitates idea exchanges, promotes foreign-language skill development, enhances cultural diversity and improves problem-solving skills as they relate to credit union development and management. Also, the program focuses on helping credit unions find new ways to attract younger members.

At the conclusion of their fellowships, participants will gather in Washington, D.C., to take part in the Professional Fellows Congress, May 8-10. The Congress provides a forum for participants to discuss best practices with other young leaders in their profession, and to develop concrete projects and networks that they can implement upon their return home.

LSCU is one of 17 U.S.-based non-profit organizations and universities chosen to host foreign professionals. From 2011 through 2013, participants from more than 50 countries and territories worldwide will take part in the program.
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