Changing Lives, Building Communities

By Jean-Claude Farah On the 2nd of May, I represented the Western Union Foundation as a Director of the WU Foundation Board, on a visit to the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) centers in Northern Uganda. Together, with Forest Whitaker, CEO WPDI, I was introduced to several programs. It was an incredibly moving experience to be among so many people who have lived through extreme conflict and are now rebuilding their lives. The day started when WPDI CEO Forest ...

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The U.S. – E.U. ‘Visa War’ & Why It Matters

On March 2, a seemingly dormant visa war reignited when the European Parliament called for an end to visa-free travel for Americans. Luckily, the European Commission has announced this month that it will not reinstate visa requirements for U.S. travelers – yet.   Wondering where is this all coming from? U.S. citizens can currently travel to all E.U. countries without a visa, yet citizens of five E.U. countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania – don’t enjoy the ...

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How You Can Help Refugees

21.3 million people around the world are classified as refugees. Uprooted by violence, war, and persecution, many of these individuals struggle everyday in the hopes to find safety and stability. Being forcibly displaced disrupts refugees’ access to food, water, shelter, healthcare, education, employment, freedom, family and loved ones. Everyone can do something to help refugees rebuild their lives. Check out 7 ways you can do your part below. 1. Become educated The more informed you are about the crisis, the better you can ...

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Meet the Faces of My WU

The Face of My WU was an online social contest that celebrated the diversity of Western Union’s My WU® members. It gave customers the chance to win prizes by engaging with friends and family from around the US by asking them to vote for the selfie they uploaded to the contest website. After votes were tallied and our judges reviewed the finalists, we found one grand prize winner and four runners-up out of more than 27,000 participants. The grand prize ...

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WU Scholars Applications Are In

By Elizabeth Roscoe In March, the Western Union Foundation launched a new global scholarship program, WU Scholars, to help aspiring students around the world to pursue a post-secondary education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and entrepreneurship leading to better employment opportunities. I’m inspired by the tremendous response the program has received from aspiring applicants and Western Union Agents who have stepped up to support students in their local communities.   Here’s a snapshot ...

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Picture-Parfait: An Instagrammer’s Guide to Paris

The City of Light and Love is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, but you’ll have to hit the right spots to Instagram Paris like a pro. Using hashtag data, we’ve compiled the most jaw-dropping, envy-inducing, likable subjects to fill your feed with. Check out which sights to see and some tips for capturing them below.   1. Eiffel Tower  Number of Hashtags: 3,178,007 From a private apartment that Georgianna was invited to during the shooting of ...

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Chain of Betters Empowers Refugee Talent

Blog by Anette Trulsson Corda, a WU employee based in Paris, France. Ever asked yourself what can I do to stand with refugees? It can seem overwhelming… where to start, what to do. But I’m convinced that whilst no one can help all, everyone can do something. My something started when I signed up for a volunteering activity in Paris last summer, attending a refugee welcome picnic with my daughter. We met Hura and Mehdi, who had just recently ...

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10 Bachelor & Bachelorette Ideas for People Who Don’t Do Vegas

You’ve seen it in the movies. You’ve seen it in your Facebook feed. The clubbing, the pool parties, the mayhem. Vegas is getting overdone – and it’s not for every bride- or groom-to-be. Planning bachelor and bachelorette parties can be tough, so we’ve rounded up some alternative ideas for those of you who aren’t interested in a visit to the Strip, or just can’t imagine going back.   1. Ride dog sleds If the bride- or ...

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Western Union digital services live in 40 Countries

Connecting customers in more than 200 countries and territories   By Odilon Almeida, President of Western Union Global Money Transfer   Western Union’s innovation over time has built a powerful cross-border platform for moving money almost anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes.  While we are immensely proud of a 166-year legacy, the digital space is relatively new. Having previously been dismissed as a laggard, who would have thought that today, Western Union would be a leader in ...

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8 Underrated Cities to Visit Before They Break Out

Ten years ago, Prague was dubbed the new Amsterdam. Now, the city’s on par with Rome in annual visitors. Reykjavik is experiencing its time in the limelight, but Iceland is considering tourism caps to handle the sudden swell.   Instead of chasing trends, why not be a trailblazer in the next cultural capital? Here are eight underrated destinations prime to break out at any moment.   1. Chéngdū, China Two words: giant pandas. This southwest Chinese city is home ...

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