I might be the exception to the rule as most Disney English Foreign Trainers go. The majority of my colleagues are relatively new to teaching and are young enough to be my children.
Me? I taught at a private school in the U.S. for 15 years prior to joining Disney English. Ever the late bloomer, I didn’t start my teaching career until I was in my mid-30s. Before entering the classroom, I was a stay-at-home mom of two rambunctious, but adorable, boys.
Living in China has been a life-changing experience that has altered how I view the world. And a big part of this experience has been having an apartment that reflects my vision for how I want to structure my life outside of work.
One of the first decisions a new Disney English Foreign Trainer needs to make within the first few weeks of arrival is where to live. Prior to that, our Foreign Trainers live in a hotel that is paid for by Disney English. After that, each Foreign Trainer receives a monthly stipend that can cover – or partially cover – his or her housing expenses.
I have had quite a journey throughout my Disney English career!
As an experienced teacher, I was excited to accept the role of Foreign Trainer, as I was eager to teach English to children ranging in age from 3 to 12.
Coming to China – a country which I knew very little about when I arrived in 2011 – made me feel nervous at first. I didn’t know anyone, and this was the first time I had traveled this far away from home. These feelings quickly changed when I met some amazing people who helped me get to where I am now. Continue reading “Becoming a Language Learning Director”
When deciding where to travel in China, your choices are endless — from bustling metropolises, to expansive plains, majestic vistas and historic wonders.
If you would like to experience a bit of all of these things, then Guilin and Yangshuo in Guangxi Province in southern China are the places you should visit. In fact, Guilin is one of the most popular tourist areas in China. The region is accessible by train or the Guilin Liangjiang International Airport.
Getting between Guilin and Yangshuo is easy. For me, the best and most picturesque way is to travel by boat on a Li River cruise. The out-of-this-world scenery you will encounter was used in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” as the backdrop for the planet Kashyyyk, the Wookiee homeland. So don’t be too surprised if you bump into Chewbacca!
As you would expect, working as a team is a key component to success at Disney English. Every cast member is critical in helping each Disney English center achieve its goals.
Disney English has centers in six major cities in mainland China: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. And within each of these cities, there are several Disney English centers.
Located 187 miles (301 km) northwest of Shanghai, Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province. The city of 8.3 million people is an amazing mixture of traditional and modern styles and offers a temperate climate.
Did you know that Nanjing has been the capital of China several times in its long history?
My professional teaching journey started in Canada when I realized I was always gravitating toward opportunities that allowed me to teach in one way or another. While studying for my university degree in education, I decided I wanted to experience life outside my country, and China was my first choice. So I spent some time living and working in China. (This was in the days before Disney English started in 2008.) I then returned to work in Canada for a few years, but I kept being drawn back to my experience in China, and I knew it was time to go back. Continue reading “Recruiter Tasha: How I Developed My Career in China”
Tokyo Disney Resort is a magical place only a plane ride away from China. The resort features two theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea – which will seem familiar as well as new to experienced Disney park-goers.
Landing at the airport in Orlando, Florida changed my life! As I walked off the plane, I realized this was it: my Disney journey was finally beginning! I was about to become a Disney cast member as part of Disney’s Australia & New Zealand Cultural Exchange Program.
Becoming a Disney cast member had always been a dream of mine. There are limited opportunities to work for The Walt Disney Company in my home country of Australia. Joining Disney International Programs at Walt Disney World® Resort in the U.S. was my chance to work for a global company that is known for its magical entertainment. Continue reading “Taking a Disney Journey from Australia to the U.S. to China!”