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Cultural Exchange Program Summer 2018

Applications for the Cultural Exchange Program are now closed. Applications will reopen for Summer 2018 on July 1, 2017. Watch this space!

The Cultural Exchange Program provides international students the opportunity to spend their summer break working at Walt Disney World Resort experiencing the Disney magic.  Participants will have the opportunity to interact and share their culture with Guests from the United States and all over the world, learn important business philosophies and make lifelong friends.

Participants work in roles such as Operations, Merchandise, Quick Service Food and Beverage, Lifeguarding and Entertainment.  In addition to the valuable skills gained through day-to-day responsibilities of their job, participants may have the opportunity to network with Disney leaders and participate in special Cast Member activities while gaining real-world experience with one of the most admired entertainment companies in the world.

Check out what Reanne got up to on her Cultural Exchange Program over Summer 2016!

Participants in this program will work at Walt Disney World Resort on a J-1 Summer Work - Travel Visa.  The Cultural Exchange Program is, at maximum, a four-month program, and candidates must exit the United States and return to their home country upon completion of the program.

Still need persuading? Then find out what a "Day  in the Life" on the Cultural Exchange Program is like - Check out Macarena's video!

For more information about the Cultural Exchange Program, visit the Disney International Programs website.

Stay connected! Explore the Disney International Programs social networks and enjoy videos that provide a behind the scene look into all the Disney wonder.  Connect with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and the Disney Internatinonal Programs Blog.

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Participants on the Cultural Exchange Program will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience with on of the most admired entertainment companies in the world.  Participants will expand their skills collaborating with Disney leaders while being immeresed in U.S. and international cultures.  Best of all - participants will enjoy their school break working and living near Orlando, Florida - a vacation hotspot that is known for its sunny weather and fun activities.

To participate on the Cultural Exchange Program, participants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Able to speak fluent English
  • At least 18 years of age at the time of applying
  • A student enrolled in an accredited, degree-issuing college or university, studying full-time towards an undergraduate degree
  • About to enter second year of study or above to apply for the program. Students can also participate in the program immediately following their final year of study

The Yummy Jobs Team currently recruits for the Cultural Exchange Program in the following countries:

  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland

Applicants from Canada are kindly requested to apply directly on the Disney International Programs website

Participants on the Cultural Exchange Program will be required to submit the following fees that have been broken down into pre-arrival and post-arrival.  Please note all fees are subject to change and may change without notice:

Pre-Arrival Fees

  • Criminal Background Check Fee = £80.00 GBP
  • Disney Program Assessment Fee = $354.50 USD (includes first 2 weeks housing costs)
  • U.S. Embassy Appointment Fee = $160.00 USD
  • U.S. SEVIS Fee = $35.00 USD
  • Courier delivery of passport = Free to £30.00 GBP
  • Return flight to the United States = Varies
  • Medical Insurance = $70.00 USD per month (approximately) - must be paid in one lump sum for the duration of your program dates

Post-Arrival Fees

  • Additional supporting funds between $350.00 - $750.00 USD are recommended

Please note all fees are subject to change and may change without notice.

 

One of the most unique aspects of Disney International Programs is just how international they really are. Every day, you'll have the experience of living and working with cast members from all over the world. Our complexes feature amenities like fitness centers, transportation systems, swimming pools and computer labs – providing an exciting setting for you to build relationships and create lifelong memories. You can also participate in events and scheduled activities in the housing complexes throughout your program. During your personal time, you'll even have the opportunity to visit Disney parks and explore everything that Orlando, Florida has to offer.

Whether you're assigned to a one, two, three or four-bedroom apartment, you'll share a bedroom with one or two Disney International Programs participants. Often times, your roommate(s) will be from another country, allowing you to learn about other cultures as you share your own.

In order to make the living experience more convenient, housing costs are automatically deducted from participants' weekly paycheck. Participants will also help support the exclusive activities and events they'll get to attend throughout the program by contributing a one-time fee of $154.50 USD.

Application Dates

  • Applications for the Cultural Exchange Program for Summer 2017 are now closed, and will re-open for Summer 2018 during July 2017.
  • Applicants are required to be available for the full program dates in order to be considered. The program runs from June - August each year (specific dates to be confirmed).

Interviewing Process

  • Pre-screen interviews with the Yummy Jobs Team take place early October for positions the following summer. Applicants will be required to attend a presentation and interview session with the Yummy Jobs Team at their Head Office in Essex during this time.
  • Final interviews with The Walt Disney World Resort take place during November each year in London.

‚ÄčPlease note, all dates are subject to change

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With the Cultural Exchange Program, you'll have the opportunity to gain real-world experience with one of the most admired entertainment companies in the world. Here, you'll expand your skills collaborating with Disney leaders while being immersed in U.S. and international cultures. Best of all – you'll enjoy your school break working and living near Orlando, Florida – a vacation hotspot that's known for its sunny weather and fun activities.

To participate in the Cultural Exchange Program, you must be:

  • Able to speak fluent English
  • At least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • A student enrolled in an accredited, degree-issuing college or university; and returning to school for at least one term following the program; students can also participate in the program immediately following their final year of study.
  • Participants must also have completed at least one academic year of degree study prior to applying for the program
  • Applicants must be currently studying in the UK or Ireland to apply through Yummy Jobs