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WOCCU sets co-op learning tours to Ecuador
MADISON, Wis. (3/5/08)--World Council of Credit Unions has announced the dates for its 2008 Cooperative Learning Tours to Ecuador.
Steve Stapp (right), chief financial officer, Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif., shares a light moment with a girl in Ecuador during last year’s Cooperative Learning Tour. (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
Participants can experience the credit union difference during week-long guided tours of the South American country’s credit union movement April 6-13 and Oct. 12-19. The Sunday-to Sunday tours will give participants the opportunity to visit Latin American credit unions and discover the difference they make in the lives of their members. Ecuador’s credit unions are more technologically progressive than many of those in neighboring countries, using wireless messaging and mobile phones text messaging to conduct remote transaction, said WOCCU. At the same time, the credit unions serve members at the most basic levels. In addition to visiting multiple Ecuador credit unions, tour members will participate in “think tank” sessions focused on membership growth, micro-entrepreneurial activities, managing remittances, rural community development, reaching out to Hispanic members and other credit union topics. Cooperative Learning Tour participants pay $1,990 for a single room or $1,790 for a shared room, which includes seven nights’ accommodations in four- and five-star hotels, local transportation, most meals and admission to tourist venues scheduled as part of the tour. Participants are responsible for their own airfare to and from Quito--Ecuador’s capital. For more information, use the link.
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