You could say my journey started when I visited Ireland back in 2016. I’d been completing a summer internship in Dublin and my study abroad company took us to see the Cliffs of Moher. They were a staggering height, like nothing I’d ever seen before. After wandering away from the crowds of tourists, past the cows and winding paths, I unearthed the small leather diary from my pack. I thought, hey, this traveling business is pretty cool and what I wrote down was a promise to live in another country. Continue reading “Meet Cat: Finding Your Community in Shanghai”
As a child I loved traveling, going to school, and like most kids my age, all things Disney. Who would have known, 20 years later, I would be doing something that tied all three together? During my third year of university, I studied abroad in Thailand and spent my free time volunteering with children at a local low-income housing community. I also spent several summers in Laos volunteering at the local primary school reading books, tutoring, and engaging with the students in various activities. It was during these experiences abroad that I realized working with children held a special place in my heart. Continue reading “Meet Darrika: Dreams Coming True in China”
Every morning as I walk through the streets of Beijing with confidence that might insinuate I am a native, I find myself reflecting on my life. Particularly on how I, a boy from Virginia who would watch The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride on repeat while playing with his A Bug’s Life Beanie Babies, wound up living in China working for Disney English. Continue reading “Meet Daniel: Becoming a Native in Beijing”
While I was in college, I had a number of friends that completed the Disney College Program. A program where currently enrolled or recently graduated college students are given the opportunity to work in one of Disney’s parks or resorts. After hearing about their Disney College Program experiences, I knew that I wanted to take part in this amazing opportunity. Following graduation, I found myself working at The Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. While on my program, I fell in love with life at Disney and ended up staying for a full year.
As my time on the Disney College Program came to an end, I knew that I wasn’t done with The Walt Disney Company. While in college, I earned a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate and I had seen information about Disney English on Disney’s internal career network. For me, Disney English was the perfect next step in my career. Just days after attending a Disney English information session, I applied, was scheduled for an interview and was offered a job.
A few months later, I found myself on a flight to Beijing, China. Continue reading “Meet Maile: From Walt Disney World Resort to Beijing and Disney English!”
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.
At the age of 50, I was offered the prestigious position as head of the English department at the school I worked for, where both my boys had attended from kindergarten to graduation. But I turned it down! Continue reading “Meet Rachel: Creating New Adventures in Chengdu”
Greetings from Nanjing, China!
I remember my excitement upon receiving a job offer from Disney English. I had already spent the summer of 2015 living in Xi’an, a city known for its Terracotta Warriors. So I squealed with happiness at the realization that I would get to return to China to teach English to children and become part of the Disney family. I was familiar with China, and I was eager to live in a new city, take on a unique role and begin an amazing adventure! Continue reading “Meet Haley: Finding Her ‘Ohana with Disney English”
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.
Continue reading “Meet Ashton: Teacher, Traveler and Tarzan Fan in Guangzhou”