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Ruth Vatau – Living the Dream at Disneyworld, Florida

Ruth came to Crown Institute from Massey High School.  She completed her studies with Crown in December 2013 and graduated with the Crown Certificate in International Travel, Tourism & Airline Studies.
While studying with Crown, Ruth completed her National Certificates in Travel Level 3 & 4 along with the STA Sales Certificate and STA Marketing Certificate. Ruth was a dedicated student who managed both study and work at the same time. Although tough at times, she believes it was all worth it to get to where she is now.
Part of Ruth’s dream in pursuing a career in Travel & Tourism involved her desire to explore the world and to experience the adventures travelling to new destinations offers. Her dream is certainly being realised as she is currently living and working at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida in the United States.
Ruth was selected from a number of candidates for this exciting opportunity, and after a tense few months of interviews, Ruth proved that hard work and dedication do pay off in the end. Of her internship with Disneyworld, Ruth says “I am very excited for my new journey and would like to thank Crown Institute for offering me this chance to work for one of the biggest companies in the world!”
We’re proud of our graduates, and Ruth shows that with commitment and the right attitude, dreams really do come true! 

Next courses start 1 September 2014 and 2 February 2015.  Click HERE to enrol now!

Photos below are from Ruth's going away party and her official badge at Walt Disney World.

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Work at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida!



Crown Institute of Studies is proud to offer successful Crown graduates the opportunity to live and work at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA. 

Working in conjunction with the New Zealand Cultural Exchange programme, graduates are offered the chance to spend from five months to one year learning from a company that has consistently set trends in the entertainment and hospitality industries.

Successful graduates from any of the 42-week Crown Institute courses who wish to apply will be both recommended and endorsed by us prior to the Disney interview.

To be eligible for Crown Institute to recommend and endorse you must have met both the minimum attendance requirements and successfully gained your qualification.


This is paid work experience and successful applicants will receive an hourly wage that may vary depending on the role.


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Through participating in this exciting programme, you’ll gain leadership, business and customer service knowledge from seasoned professionals at Walt Disney World no matter what your area of study, and there’s a role that will match your interests, skills and goals.

Roles may include, but are not limited to:

  • Vacation Planner
  • Concierge
  • Full/Quick Service Food & Beverage
  • Merchandise
  • Recreation
  • Front Desk
  • Attractions
  • Character Performer
  • Costuming
  • Custodial
  • Main Entrance

In order to be taken under consideration, applications must meet all the work placement conditions as stipulated by Disney World. These are:

  • Be a New Zealand or Australian citizen
  • Be at least 18 years of age upon arrival in the USA
  • Have completed a minimum of 32 weeks of study the year before you start work
  • Be able to start within 12 months of course completion
  • Be responsible for all costs such as round trip airfares, insurance etc
  • Exit the USA and Canada upon completion

Crown Institute of Studies cannot guarantee work placement offers as it is subject to suitability, availability and visa conditions which may change without notice by either the US government or the sponsor organisation.

For more information about studying at Crown Institute contact us on 0800 357 316 or click HERE to request a brochure.