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So you're thinking of applying for the Disney Cultural Exchange Program (CEP) to work at Walt Disney World in Florida? Here are all my handy hints and tips to get you through the interview and application process. From what to say to what to wear, I've got you covered. I applied to the CEP in 2013 and was rejected - so I went off to Camp America and had a fantastic time instead. I came back in 2014 and got through all of the stages. That means I can share both what I did wrong the first time, and what I did right the second time. Any questions? Leave them in the comments and I'll be sure to answer. Don't forget to follow me on twitter and check out my blog for bonus content! http://farawaylisamae.com http://twitter.com/farawaylisamae Get £10 off with my referral codes: TodayTix for discount theatre tickets: ZECIF UBEReats for free food: eats-lisap2539ue Thanks for watching!
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Katy Varty (29 days ago)
Wow I just completed a summer at camp in America and I'm hoping its the main conversation in my Disney interview in 2 days! I loved it, I also taught photography! Love this video major help :)
Lisa Preece (28 days ago)
Wow we sound very similar! Best of luck with the interview. Just be yourself and super bubbly and I’m sure you’ll be fine!
Yazabelle (2 months ago)
This was really helpful! I’ve applied for the CEP this year for Summer 2019 and I am through to the final interviews - they are in around 3 weeks and I’m super excited for mine! Fingers crossed! X
Lisa Preece (2 months ago)
Congratulations! I found the second interview a lot easier than the first so I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Let me know how you get on!
James Taylor (3 months ago)
she's so pretty from the nose up. these ghastly english teeth. don't worry, i'd still date her, she's still pretty cute.
Lisa Preece (3 months ago)
HAHAHAHAHAHA don't worry, you wouldn't get a chance
Shannon Webb (4 months ago)
I've just applied for the Cultural Representatives Program, which is a 12 month contract! This video was really helpful for me and has put my mind at ease if I do get an interview! It's so competitive, so I'm not holding my breath, but you never know! Haha!
Shannon Webb (4 months ago)
I got declined for the CRP unfortunately, but I'm currently applying for the CEP! SO fingers crossed for this one! Haha! I'm already lucky enough to work for Disney Store, but would just love the chance to work in one of the parks!
Lisa Preece (4 months ago)
It is super competitive, but you'll never know if you don't try! Best of luck
Alesha Bullen (5 months ago)
Hi,​ I'm from New Zealand and just applied yesterday eeeek! :) this video was great thank you so much!
Alesha Bullen (5 months ago)
Lisa Preece 😍❤
Lisa Preece (5 months ago)
Thank you! Best of luck with your application!
Allie Mohn (7 months ago)
This was so helpful! I’m planning to apply this year for 2019. I’m from Canada but I was born in Europe, so in my cover letter should I talk about where I was born and Canada (where I am now)? Also do you need a lot of experience because I worked as a lifeguard for 2 years and I wanted to apply for the lifeguard position there would that help that I already worked as one? Sorry for so many questions I just want to get in my first try so I wanna be prepared as much as possible!
Lisa Preece (7 months ago)
Allie Mohn - That’s really exciting! If you’re applying in Canada, I’d focus on that. And then throw in something about how you feel connected to Europe and want to share your experiences of living there and find out about people who live there. Being a lifeguard will definitely help! All experience is good experience. Mention how it made you hardworking and good at time keeping etc as that will be useful for all the roles. Good luck!
Sofi Merlino (8 months ago)
I want to apply for next year but I'm pretty lost with the application procedures. 1. Im turning 18 on December, should I wait till I am 18 to apply? 2. When are the dates that you can apply and what is the website? 3. In the website it says that you have to send in your curriculum, but I don't have any previous working experience, what should I put? Is that the online interview you were talking about? 4. Are there different periods for the program, for example during summer or winter? 5. What types of jobs could I get? 6. I live in Argentina, do all the countries apply for this program? I'm sorry that this was so long, hope you can answer. btw I love your videos
Lisa Preece (8 months ago)
Sofi Merlino - Hi Sofi, thanks for your comment! You might be best finding out which company manages Disney recruitment in Argentina - you can usually find that from the Disney International Careers website. They usually need you to be 18 at the time of application, and sometimes enrolled in university. The dates for applying and doing the programme will be different because you’re not in the UK, but I’d guess the main program is still in summer. With the program I did, you could get jobs in merchandise, attractions and food & beverage as the main options. Do you have any part-time job experience? Even something like baby sitting or looking after younger family members could help your application. Good luck!
Katelyn Catalano (8 months ago)
Thanks for the great video! I was just wondering how long the presentation at the start of the day goes for? Thanks!
Lisa Preece (8 months ago)
Good question! I can't remember exactly, but I think it was about an hour
Sonia C (9 months ago)
really good video! would anyone benefit from reading a blog about the disney CEP?
Sonia C (9 months ago)
https://thechattylab.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/working-at-disney-world-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-my-disney-cep/ this one is also really good too xx
Lisa Preece (9 months ago)
I've written a few under the Disney tab on my blog, www.farawaylisamae.com :)
Samantha Hunter (10 months ago)
Hi! I am hoping to apply in the next round of submissions for the cultural exchange program! I am wondering if you have a choice as to how long your program is, and if not, what is the standard length of the program for most people? Thanks!
Lisa Preece (10 months ago)
Best of luck! It's usually early June to late August. Everyone works for the same length of time of about three months, so it's a really good amount of time. Back when I did it, it was a bit shorter and it went so quickly!
Ana Valdez (11 months ago)
So I have an attendance reprimand from my past program and wanted to ask you if you've met anyone who got rehired after ending their past program with one, I'm replaying and I'm nervious I'll be rejected for it
Lisa Preece (11 months ago)
I'm sorry, I didn't even hear of anyone with an attendance reprimand, so definitely no-one who worked there again! Best of luck with your application
sophUribe (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for the tips Im applying this year for the second time hope it goes well like yours did! this year they asked for a video instead of a letter so im more nervous! wish me luck! and again thank you
Lisa Preece (1 year ago)
sophUribe Ooh that’s different! Definitely think you’ve got a better chance on your second attempt. Best of luck!
Nikita Sharma (1 year ago)
This was so helpful! Got my prescreen in a few weeks, hopefully I manage to do well😩😩 x
Sonia C (9 months ago)
https://thechattylab.wordpress.com/ this blog might be helpful x
Lisa Preece (1 year ago)
Nikita Sharma One of my friends is applying this year, too! Best of luck, Nikita. Be yourself and I'm sure you'll be fine!
Hannah Elizabeth (1 year ago)
This video has just put all my thoughts into words!! I was unsuccessful last year because I was so cocky that I would get through, (because obviously I love Disney duh!!) that I didn't prepare very well. Hopefully my story is similar to yours and I get in this year!! It's been so much of a learning curve.
Lisa Preece (1 year ago)
Ohannahmeansfamily Yes! It really does happen to the best of us. If you can, try to get some relevant experience this summer and I'm sure you'll smash the next round of applications! Best of luck!
Nicola Mocciaro (1 year ago)
i love your videos! wanting to apply for disney this year, so excited!
Lisa Preece (1 year ago)
Thank you Nicola! Best of luck with the application when they open :)
Queen Eliane (1 year ago)
I'm mixed race so I don't really have one specific place that I'm from, I've just kinda of lived all over the place. If I go to an English uni or a university in America or canada, can I still talk about and represent my own culture(s), or is it about where I'm going to university. It's a little confusing😂
Lisa Preece (1 year ago)
Queen Eliane Ooh you sound very well-travelled! I think you could talk about them all, but highlight the culture that you feel almost strongly connected to and know the most about. As long as you have passion for what you're talking about, you'll be fine ✨
Sabrina Mall (1 year ago)
Fabulous video as always, still can't believe someone said pumbaa 😂. It's so true that your answers in the second interview inform your role choice. All my answers pointed towards quick service, (and I didn't realise ) I've worked in retail for years, and busy companies for that matter. But I was trying to sell the idea of trying something new such as attractions, however they don't want to be employing people to try new things during the busiest period of the year! They want people with experience in those roles! Thankyou again for all your advice during the application process! - (Her tips work guys! I got the job ) 😭😂
Lisa Preece (1 year ago)
Aw thanks Sabrina! And thanks for making sure I didn't loose my 100% success rate with my application tips. I was very similar! I didn't realise that I was making myself sound perfect for Quick Service until afterwards! It's such a fun role, though.

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