Before the Pandemic Disney had both a college program and a cultural representative program that they used in the parks. The cultural representative program brought in people from other countries to work inside the World Showcase pavilions in EPCOT. When the pandemic hit and the parks closed, the programs were cancelled and the Cast Members involved were sent home.
Now, we may be seeing a return of the cultural representative program as the Patina Group and Chefs de France has listed job openings for both the Italy and France pavilions.
“CHEFS DE FRANCE: BOCUSE ON WALT DISNEY WORLD®
Since 1982, the Bocuse house has been making the guests of Walt Disney World park dream about France by giving them the opportunity to live a unique and wonderful experience at the French pavilion of EPCOT. They can live a typical French experience and taste the most famous French meals.
To make this experience real, every year, hundreds of young French candidates are representing their country and their culture while working at Walt Disney World® for the Bocuse family.
Composed of a luxurious French Brasserie, a fine-dining restaurant “Monsieur Paul” and a French Bakery, the “Chefs de France” offer many job opportunities for young French eager to represent the culture and the French “savoir-faire”.”
Then they provide information on the Cultural Representative Program:
“To work in the United States, you will need a visa. Our agency will assist for the visa demand. The cultural representative program is giving you the opportunity to work in the USA while representing your country towards the international guests of Walt Disney World®.
This program is for the young French people willing to share their culture: French gastronomy, touristic places, their accent and their traditions!
Our team will be assisting you with every step of the process, including the request of the cultural representative visa, Q1. A few weeks before your departure, you will have your visa appointment at the US Embassy in order to officially request your visa. ”
You can learn more about this opportunity here.
“At Walt Disney World®, on EPCOT park, the Italian Pavilion welcomes thousands of visitors each day that want to live the real Italian experience by having lunch or dinner in one of the Italian restaurants: the Napolitan Pizzeria (Via Napoli) or the traditional Italian restaurant (Tutto Italia). They can also taste and buy Italian wines at the Wine Cellar (Tutto Gusto).
Bring the Italian culture and traditions to Walt Disney World® by participating in the Cultural Representative Program with Patina and Disney International Programs to promote Italy with international guests for an entire year, all the while acquiring an extremely valuable professional experience.
To work in the United States, you will need a visa. Our agency will assist for the visa demand. The cultural representative program is giving you the opportunity to work in the USA while representing your country towards the international guests of Walt Disney World®.
This program is designed for young Italian people willing to share their culture: Italian culinary traditions, touristic places, the Italian languages and dialects…
Our team will be assisting you with every step of the process, including the request of the cultural representative visa, Q1. A few weeks before your departure, you will have your visa appointment at the US Embassy in order to officially request your visa.”
You can find more information about the opportunity here.
Hat tip to Chip and Co.
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