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A message from Anonymous
Hi, I know when you apply you have to be enrolled in a college or a uni, but does it matter if it's a college course or a university course you're apart of when you apply? Because when I turn 18 I'll just be finishing my college course, and I'm desperate to do the program but I don't think going to uni is what i want to do and don't want to miss out on the opportunity of being able to do it :( sorry if this was a silly question, thank you :)

Hi! Yeah it needs to be a UK university course unfortunately, UK college courses aren’t accepted, I think it’s just Ireland colleges which (I think) are their version of our universities which is why is says uni/college! Hope this helps x

A message from Anonymous
Hi! I was just wondering if you had any more advice about the application process ? The sort of things theyre looking for in your cv, the sort of things to include in your 'motivational letter' etc ? Thanks !

Hi :) sorry but I don’t really remember too much from my original application and for some reason I am unable to access my account to look at what I had written!  I’d say just try and show your passion for working for the company and you’re interested in the cultural aspect of it - meeting people from all over the world and sharing your culture with them & vice versa!  I don’t think I did a ‘motivational letter’ so couldn’t say what would be suitable to put in that unfortunately but I hope this helps :) 

A message from Anonymous
Hi :) hope you don't mind me asking, but I'm from the uk too and I really want to apply for the international program. How do the interviews and everything work? Like are they in the uk for us or do we have to go to America to do them? Thank you! :)

Hi!  This is covered in my FAQ section under ‘Interview FAQ’ .. an application followed by 2 interviews within the UK if you are successful! Hope this helps :) 

A message from Anonymous
How does the traditions class work? Do I have to take an exam? If I have to what happens if I don't pass it? Thanks for replying <3

Hey, no exams are involved.  I did a post on it here: http://carly-mcintyre.tumblr.com/post/24850313997/traditions

I also talk a bit about what is involved in the class in one of my YouTube videos - the link is in my sidebar! x 

A message from Anonymous
Hi! DId you have to pay for accomodation also how much did it cost? I am trying to look at it in a financial view how much money did it cost altogether did you make a surplus or a deficit? Also how long did you work there? I am planning to only work there in the summer as I have a pharmacy course. What experience had you had prior? Is Dofe at all relevent? And did you have to put on an American accent at all? Did you get along well with your flatmates etc? Sorry if I am asking too much.

Hello! :) the accommodation costs vary from each apartment size and also the complex (of which there are 4) I paid around $86 a week on my first year there and $101 a week on my second year there. The price varies from around $86 to $105 (approximately as this may have changed). It cost around £1000 for everything (flights, visa, medical & travel insurance, travel expenses to London for visa appointment etc.) I basically broke even making around the amount I spent getting there and took home $200. You could probably take home more money if you saved but I didn’t have the mindset of making money I was there for the experience over anything else.

I was there for 2 months & 2 weeks in my second year and just under 3 months in my first year (from the beginning of June to mid August).

I only had waitressing experience prior to applying and was given an Operations role as I stated I didn’t want to go out there and do the same job I have at home and I wanted to try a new experience.

Personally I haven’t applied for Dofe so I wouldn’t say it’s essential but I’m sure it would help :).

I didn’t have to change my accent although sometimes I had to tone my accent down as some people couldn’t understand my Scottish accent haha but it’s not a requirement.

I loved all my flatmates in 2012 and 2013! I shared with 7 other girls in 2012 and only 1 other girl last year and we all got on really well. Usually you barely see each other though as your work schedules are all different!

Hope this helps, feel free to add me on Facebook if you want any more info via message! You’ll find me under Carly McIntyre :)

A message from Anonymous
Hi Carly!! I was wondering if I could start applying for the Cultural Exchange Program now that i'm 17 so when I turn 18 I'll be able to go?

Hey! Yes as long as you will be 18 upon arrival in Orlando then you can apply :) that’s what I did on my first year there! Best of luck with your application x

A message from Anonymous
Hi Carly, is it true that ICPs can't work on rides with a height restriction? I'm the cultural exchange programme doing attractions in summer 2014 (less than 5 weeks away!) and I was hoping to work on a roller coaster or something like that. What sort of things did you hear of other people working on in attractions/operations? Thanks xx

Hi :) it depends on how much training is required for particular rides, for example as you are only working for the summer you wouldn’t be put somewhere like Rock’n’Roller Coaster or Splash Mountain as it requires too much training.  I didn’t know of anyone who worked on a roller coaster or any of the ‘big’ rides on either of my programs.  Hope you enjoy your program wherever you end up working :) xx

So I finally got around to making this - wanted to do it for so long but just haven’t had the time! Some of my favourite photos and videos put together from my 2012 ICP/CEP experience :)

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Hi Carly, I got an email yesterday saying I've been accepted to the College Program! It says in my offer letter that I'll be in Operations which is split into Attractions and Main Entrance Operations... does that mean I'll be doing either or both of them? And when will I find out which park I'll be working in? :)

Congratulations! :D you will be doing one or the other :). Attractions includes all of the rides and shows (except big rides that require a lot of training like splash/space mountain/great movie ride/rock n roller coaster etc) and Main Entrance Ops includes being on Parades/Audience Control, Park Greeting (these two are combined if you are at Magic Kingdom but it’ll be one or the other if it’s any other park), or you may be on Autoplaza which is in the parking lot assisting with traffic/in a booth. You won’t find out which park you’re in until around the 3rd or 4th day of your arrival in Orlando. Enjoy your program & hope this helps! :)