Just a few years ago, Jade, a resident of Perth, Australia graduated with her bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising. She knew at that time she wanted to see more of the world, so she applied for Disney’s Australia & New Zealand Cultural Exchange Program in Orlando, Florida.
Jade describes working at the Walt Disney World® Resort as “the best experience ever!” She worked at Chef Mickey’s and the California Grill, two popular restaurants in Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
When her six-month program ended, she knew she wanted to continue working for Disney, but first she returned home to Australia to study international business and Chinese language and culture.
While in Australia, she took the initiative to search for international opportunities on the Disney Careers website. She wanted to learn more about China, so she applied to be a Disney English Foreign Trainer.
After interviewing by phone, Jade accepted a role at our Wujiaochang Center in Shanghai. She teaches eight two-hour Disney English classes each week. The students are between the ages of 2 and 12. The proprietary curriculum was designed by The Walt Disney Company and thus features our most popular characters!
Jade said the pre-designed curriculum makes it easy to plan her lessons and focus on making the experience fun for the children – which makes it fun for her as well. “Disney gives you everything you need to be successful,” she said.
In addition to teaching responsibilities, Jade assesses the progress of her students and keeps the parents (and grandparents and other guardians) informed of their children’s progress.
Since Jade is not fluent in Chinese – although she is quickly picking up the language – she works closely with a Learning Partner who serves as a liaison for communications with the parents. However, all communication within the classroom is done in English.
Jade has been working for Disney English for less than one year, but she is already an Ambassador for the program. In this role she welcomes new Foreign Trainers to China and helps them acclimate.
She said the key to getting settled in China is to “be open minded.” Also, the Foreign Trainers lean on each other for support inside – and outside – the classroom.
For example, each month, the Foreign Trainers from the various Disney English centers in Shanghai get together for an activity such as watching a newly released Disney movie, visiting Shanghai Disney Resort or having dinner at a nice restaurant.
In addition to exploring Shanghai, Jade has visited Beijing. She also traveled home to Australia during her term break. But next year, she said her family is planning to come to China to explore the country with her.
Jade says she is hoping to stay with Disney and move into a role in Marketing. “I want to watch an advertisement and be able to say, ‘I worked on that.’ ”
To be successful as a Disney English Foreign Trainer, Jade explains that an applicant should be “resourceful” and have “passion that will affect your excitement and ability in the classroom.” She adds that applicants should be prepared for an adventure!
For more information about becoming a Disney English Foreign Trainer, visit DisneyEnglishJobs.com.