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Cultural Exchange Program

Applications for the Cultural Exchange Program for Summer 2018 are now closed. We anticipate that applications for Summer 2019 will open in July 2018. Keep up-to-date with us on Facebook for further program announcements!

The Cultural Exchange Program provides international students the opportunity to spend their summer break from university working at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida, and truly experiencing the Disney Magic first-hand. 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 on this program will work in roles such as Attractions and Operations, Merchandise, Quick Service/Full Service Food and Beverage, Lifeguarding, Recreation, Custodial and Entertainment. In addition to the valuable skills gained through day-to-day responsibilities of the job, you could 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. What more could you want from a summer experience?

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

On this unique experience, you will work at the Walt Disney World® Resort on a J-1 Summer Work and Travel Visa. The Cultural Exchange Program runs from June - August each year, with an additional 30-day travel period upon completion of the program. This is at maximum a four-month experience, 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.

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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
  • Have a valid passport
  • A student enrolled in an accredited, degree-issuing college or university, studying full-time towards an undergraduate degree
  • Entering second year of study or above for the academic year 2017-2018. Students can participate in the program immediately following the completion of undergraduate study in Summer 2018
  • Be available for program dates between June 2018 - August 2018 

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

  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Europe - Due to further eligibility requirements with some European Countries, please check with the Yummy Jobs Team before application.

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:

Pre-Arrival Fees

  • Criminal Background Check Fee = £85.00 GBP
  • Disney Program Assessment Fee = $355.00 USD (includes first week of rent)
  • 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 = $50.00 - $80.00 USD per month (approximately) - must be paid in one lump sum prior to arrival for the duration of your program dates.

Post-Arrival Fees

  • Weekly Accommodation Costs - $103.00 - $134.00 USD (automatic payroll deduction)
  • 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 the 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.

There are four Disney International Housing complexes you could be housed at, each featuring amenities including 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 cast member 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, your roommate(s) will be from another country, allowing you to learn about other cultures as you share your own and make lifelong friends.

In order to make the living experience more convenient for you, 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 $225.00 USD at the time of offer.

Application Dates

  • Applications for the Cultural Exchange Program for Summer 2018 are now closed.
  • We anticipate that applications for Summer 2019 will open in July 2018.
  • Applicants are required to be available for the full program dates in order to be considered. The program dates for Summer 2018 are as follows:
    • Monday 18 June 2018  - Thursday 16 August 2018

Interviewing Process

  • For our latest applications, successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-screen presentation and interview session with the Yummy Jobs Team in Essex, U.K.
  • Pre-screen interviews with the Yummy Jobs Team will take place on the following dates for Summer 2018:
    • Tuesday 26 September 2017
    • Wednesday 27 September 2017
    • Thursday 28 September 2017
    • Friday 29 September 2017
  • Final face-to-face interviews with The Walt Disney World Resort will take place early November in London.

‚ÄčPlease note, all dates are subject to change

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Program Terms & Conditions


PROGRAM DATES: June 18, 2018 - August 16, 2018

PROGRAM DURATION: 2 months + 30 day travel period

ROLES AVAILABLE: Food and Beverage, Merchandise, Attractions, Lifeguarding, Character Performer, Character Attendant, Custodial, Costuming, Resort Services, Recreation

WAGE: $10.15 USD per hour

HOURS: Minimum of 32 hours per week / Average 38 - 45 hours per week

HOUSING: Participants will live in Disney International Housing - $103.00 USD - $134.00 USD rent per week

HIGHLIGHTS: Free entry into the Walt Disney World® theme parks, company discounts, sought after work experience, a summer break spent at the most magical place on Earth!