What is a Disney Trainer?

My first day of onboarding is when I met a Disney Trainer for the first time. On her chest was a pin that read ‘Disney Trainer’ with Jiminy Cricket standing proudly; as an avid pin collector, it immediately caught my eye. I acclimated to my life in China, soon became acquainted with my team and my Disney English center. Then I asked my Senior Foreign Trainer — who had the same pin — “What do I need to do to get one of those pins?” With a smile, she looked at her pin and encouraged me to work hard in the classroom so that one day I could also go through the process and become a Disney Trainer. Continue reading “What is a Disney Trainer?”

Becoming a Language Learning Director

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”

Recruiter Tasha: How I Developed My Career in China

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”

Taking a Disney Journey from Australia to the U.S. to China!

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!”

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”

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”

From Disney College Program, to Disney English and back to Walt Disney World

After graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in theater and a minor in education, Sammie moved to Orlando for the Disney College Program. She worked in Merchandise at Storybook Circus in Magic Kingdom Park.

When her program ended, her years of experience teaching dance and theater helped her land jobs as a preschool teacher and as a resident assistant at a boarding school.

Her experiences helped her prepare for the adventure of a lifetime as a Disney English Foreign Trainer in Beijing! Continue reading “From Disney College Program, to Disney English and back to Walt Disney World”