Oregon Credit Unions Complete Global Bridges Journey with South Korean Visit | 2022-11-17

Last week, representatives from five Oregon credit unions traveled across the Pacific Ocean for an in-depth review of South Korea’s largest credit union system, concluding a two-year Global Bridges journey from the World Foundation for Credit Unions (WFCU) with the National Federation of Credit Unions. of Korea (NACUFOK).

Professionals from Advantis Credit Union, Northwest Community Credit Union, Oregon Community Credit Union, Rivermark Credit Union, and Unitus Community Credit Union visited NACUFOK’s headquarters and training center in Daejon, along with four of their member credit unions in Seoul and Busan.

The tour, which also included stops at several renowned cultural and historical sites in South Korea, comes six months after NACUFOK representatives visited Oregon’s credit unions.

“Global Bridges has allowed our Oregon delegation to not only connect and learn from a global leader in credit unions, but with each other as we move the movement forward together. The approach and concepts are different from what we traditionally employ in the United States, so it was a great opportunity to see their model in action and gather some new ideas,” said Steve Stapp, president and CEO of Unitus Community Credit Union.

Global Bridges enables participating credit unions to select and customize themed content that gives their teams a global context of current credit union challenges through interactive webinars, peer-to-peer engagements and conferences that add value to existing education and training programs.

“It is exciting to see the completion of our first Global Bridges journey which began in early 2021,” said WFCU Executive Director Mike Reuter. “Now that we are well beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope to provide more in-person engagement opportunities to connect credit unions in different parts of the world.”

Global Bridges journeys can be delivered over a 12 or 24 month period. The program uses a versatile model to orient both new hires and give existing staff access to new global credit union experiences.

For more information, visit doglobalgood.org/bridge.

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