Meet one of the first Foreign Trainers

Is this the “real Disney?”

I asked that question during my interview in 2008 to be one of the first Foreign Trainers for the new Disney English company opening in China. Previously, I had been fortunate to extensively travel and live internationally, so I had seen my fair share of knockoff and bootleg Disney items and businesses around the world.

On my first day in Shanghai, I realized this was indeed the real Disney! One tour around the Disney Corporate office confirmed that, and a trip to the hard hat construction zone of our first Disney English Center made it crystal clear. Continue reading “Meet one of the first Foreign Trainers”

Chengdu City Guide

When I received my job offer as a Foreign Trainer with Disney English, my first question was: Where will I be living? I soon learned I would be moving to Chengdu, a major city in western China. I had never heard of this place! My recruiter told me about Sichuan Province: spicy cuisine, beautiful mountains and the country’s largest Panda Research Bases. Hikes, good food and pandas? Sign me up!

I have lived in Chengdu for more than two years, and I fall more in love with my city every day. There is so much to experience!

Here are six must-see places and experiences for a first visit to Chengdu: Continue reading “Chengdu City Guide”

Unique Items to Include on Your Packing List for China

Making the move to China is an exciting new change! You get to explore a new country, immerse yourself in a new culture and discover a whole new world of possibilities! But before you hop on the plane to begin your new adventure, you must complete a pretty important task: packing. While packing may sound fairly straightforward, deciding what you need to take to a foreign country is no easy endeavor. In fact, several products you may take for granted in your home country may be completely different in China.

But have no fear! We went to the experts for help. We reached out to current Disney English Foreign Trainers to learn what important items you should pack for your new career in China: Continue reading “Unique Items to Include on Your Packing List for China”

Discovering China

Before you arrive in China, you already know there are some “must visit” sites. From the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing, to the pandas in Chengdu, to the Terra Cotta warriors in Xi’an, China has a long, rich history. By living and working in China, I have seen these and many other sites with my own eyes, rather than through a book or TV show. Continue reading “Discovering China”

Hong Kong Disneyland Must-Dos

One of six Disney Park destinations around the world, Hong Kong Disneyland is home to some magical experiences that cannot be found at other Disney Parks. A multi-year expansion is underway, making it a must-visit stop for any Disney fan. The best news – as a Foreign Trainer with Disney English, you receive complimentary theme park admission!

Hong Kong is located off the south coast of China, and is quick train/plane rides away from the Disney English cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen. If you are a Foreign Trainer based in Disney English cities that are farther away, then a flight will take about 2-3 hours to arrive in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Disneyland is a great weekend trip away, and since Foreign Trainers’ “weekend” is typically midweek, there’s a good chance you can find cheaper flights and less crowds at the park. There is so much to see and do, we cannot list it all. Here are our top five must-dos for a first timer’s trip to Hong Kong Disneyland: Continue reading “Hong Kong Disneyland Must-Dos”

Curiosity that Drives Your Career Development

Walt Disney said, “When you are curious, you find lots of interesting things to do!” Curiosity can open many doors when you begin to explore. As a Foreign Trainer at Disney English, there are many opportunities to grow and learn in regard to teaching, lesson planning and educational games. And Disney provides many self-directed learning tools that can help prepare you professionally and personally. Continue reading “Curiosity that Drives Your Career Development”

What is a Learning Partner?

The special relationship formed between a Disney English Foreign Trainer and a Learning Partner is one of the things that makes working for Disney English a unique experience. A Learning Partner is a Cast Member from China who works alongside our Foreign Trainers. They assist in the classroom, in the center and even outside of work. You work together and rely on each other as a team. Continue reading “What is a Learning Partner?”

Meet Ashton: Teacher, Traveler and Tarzan Fan in Guangzhou

Ask any Disney Cast Member, and they can tell you at least one of their favorite Disney characters. The same is true of Ashton, a Foreign Trainer from Australia currently working in Guangzhou; his favorite Disney character is Tarzan.

Tarzan learned to communicate and talk to Jane through hard work, perseverance and fun (and a lot of patience from Jane!).

As a Foreign Trainer for almost two years, Ashton is quite familiar with this communication method, since he must work around language barriers in order to teach and communicate with his students. It’s not always easy, but Disney English provides the materials, teaching methods and lesson plans that make it all possible.

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