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Field
Engagements


Visit Australia, Puerto Rico &
Kenya

 

Study, Service and Support

Field engagements can be deep-dive studies to understand the challenges a credit union system faces and the relevance of that experience at home. The engagements also allow participants to get involved with local credit union volunteer and community service work.  Technical and advocacy efforts assist credit unions to help tackle their top technical or regulatory challenges.

In 2018 the Foundation visited Kenya, Thailand, Dominica, Puerto Rico and Poland on a mission to study, serve or support those areas – sometimes all three. 

“Engagement trips are like traveling in a time machine. Sometimes you go to the future. Sometimes you visit the past.”
- a participant of a previous Worldwide Foundation’s field engagement trip

2019 Field Engagements

April 9 - 16

Australia

Join us in Australia, where the credit union system abides by the same regulatory and taxation framework as banks and where credit unions have built innovative advanced digital and payments solutions. We will be engaging with credit union and banking CEOs from Australia in dialog forums to learn about the impact of these regulations, taxation and the branding and digital challenges our Oceania colleagues face. We plan study visits in Sydney and Melbourne. A program summary and daily schedule can be found here

For more information, contact Laura Mihm
 

August 1-6

Puerto Rico

We will return to Puerto Rico August 1-6 after the World Credit Union Conference, July 28-31, in the Bahamas. Participants will learn about the history of this U.S. territory and engage with the Puerto Rico credit unions in their continuing work to rebuild their communities after 2017 Hurricane Maria.

For more information, contact Laura Mihm
 

December 1-6

Kenya

In early December 2019, we will return to Kenya in service work and to share the holiday spirit with the Busia orphanage in Kenya. We continue to spread the message of Busia — the orphanage that credit unions built. We will be traveling the first part of December 2019.

For more information, contact Laura Mihm
 

Irish Exchange

Mutual challenges face the Irish and U.S. credit union systems. In response, the World Council, through its Worldwide Foundation and between the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) offers an exchange program, designed to align the needs and expertise of both sides of the Atlantic to find solutions to address short and long-term challenges.

For more information, contact Laura Mihm

New or unplanned engagement opportunities will arise in 2019 as credit unions in other countries and our supporters identify a need.

Information about all field engagements and how to participate can be found on this website and any specific questions may be addressed to the CEO’s office by contacting Laura Mihm.