Visa Funtimes

So as you know last month I applied for and received the C1/D visa which is a transient visa / seaman visa for working on board cruise ships. Once I received this I though bam! I’m so in! time to start planning my vacation at the end of my first six month contract with the Disney Dream. However when u sent an email to the casting assistants asking for my travel dates and asking about how I would organise my return flights as I would love to spend a week at Disney World and a week traveling the states, they said I would need a different visa.

A DIFFERENT VISA!!!!! Are you kidding me?????

So I did some research and it turns out I needed to get the B1/2 visa at the same time. If I had applied for it at the same time it wouldn’t have cost me any extra either. But because I didn’t I had to cough up another $192 NZD to pay for the visa. Unfortunately it’s not really an option to not get it as I want to visit my friends in the states before coming home. So on Thursday morning I quickly filled in the required ds-160 and made an appointment for Wednesday the 15th of October. Now I have been through this process 3 times already. In 2009 I applied for and received a j1 visa for camp America. In 2013 I applied for the j1 visa for Walt Disney world and then again in 2014 I applied for a c1/d visa.

So I’m pretty smooth at filling in all the required information and making the appointment. This morning the only paperwork I needed was my confirmation of employment, confirmation of appointment and my ds160. When I went in there was no one in line but most of the seats in the interview waiting area was full. Now they only have 2 people conducting the interviews. So it took around an hour to get from paperwork to interview stage. They said that the employment paper made it really easy to approve the visa, as it proves income. The only questions I was asked this time around were “Are you ready for your holiday?” And “What did you do on your last visa?” And then he approved my visa for ten years!!!!!!

So even though it did cost (my dad) an extra $200 it is well worth it. However learn from my mistakes and apply all together 🙂 So now I’m looking at Contiki tours as I would love to travel a bit of the great US of A before heading back to glorious New Zealand.

Here’s a few tips about the B1/B2 visa I found useful;

  • B1 is the business part.
  • B2 is the tourism part.
  • The length of time you can stay in the USA for is 6 months at a time on the B2, but is subject to a case by case basis decided by your immigration/customs officer.
  • My visa is good for 10 years (!!!) but they can be issued for as little as 6 months. Though word on the web is that on second application you would then be issued with a 10 year one.
  • There is to be no working while on this visa. This is why I have combined mine with the c1/d
  • You do not need a certain amount of money in the bank to apply, but I was told that my employment papers made it easier to get as it made me financially stable.

Have any suggestions on what tours I should do? Leave me a comment below!!!

Write my life???

Ok so for those of you who don’t really know me all that well I have recently become obsessed with YouTube and some of its stars. I have also only recently discovered Tumblr and also attended my first con!!!! So much accomplished in 2014!!!!

One of my favourite things to watch from some of my favourite YouTube stars (Myharto, grav3yard girl, Jenna marbles, vintage or tacky, Starkid), is a draw my life tag video. So I have decided (because the motivation has grabbed me) to do a kind of a write my life? It won’t be in depth but ill touch on what I think have been some major parts of my life which I believe have impacted the way I think and act and aspire to today.

My History:

Childhood:

I was just a baby when my parents got divorced. I don’t think I’ve ever been too distraught about this, I certainly did go through an awkward phase at around 10 of wanting my mum and dad to get back together (awkward because they were both practically re married).  I have always spent my life travelling back and forwards between my mum and my dad’s, this meant bus trips and road trips as far back as I can remember. It was always very exciting I got to explore and make friends along the way. I attribute this to the start of my wanderlust. I also have been to quite a few schools as well as being home-schooled for a period of my youth. This I believe attuned my curiosity and formed the idea that if you’re interested/passionate about something you should go for it, and look in to it.

Teenage years:

At 13 I moved from my mum’s to my dad’s and lived with him for the first time I could remember. I started a new school and made amazing friendships that I still love to this day. At this latest school I discovered a passion for theatre and even came top in my drama class one year. Starting new schools is really hard and can be quite stressful, but it has always taught me to make friends quite easily, it has also given me the option to shake of preconceived ideas about myself and explore different interests and dress codes.

At 16 I moved back to mums, I decided to go Goth which wasn’t well received at the small town school I was suddenly attending. But hey isn’t that how we learn and grow? I finished up my schooling and found a love for tourism. So much so that I actually took the class twice I my final year of high school. This final high school took us on trips around the county to explore options with universities in New Zealand. I didn’t believe I would ever want to attend university as I had decided that tourism was my passion and that generally was on the job training.

However I had always wanted to do an exchange program during my schooling and move to another country for a year. This unfortunately was never in the cards as it was insanely expensive so I began to look for other options on travel/jobs/exchanges overseas. It was during this time I discovered a program called Camp America. Basically it takes people over 18 from all over the world and places them at summer camps in America to work for 3 months. This sounded exactly like what I wanted and so I applied for this at the end of my last year of high school.

Young Adult years;

I spent a great 7 months in 2009 travelling and working. I spent 3 months in West Virginia at a wonderful all girls camp; Camp Rim Rock. I was a general counsellor, an archery instructor, a rock wall instructor as well as a life guard. I spent an amazing 3 months working at the camp before setting off on 3 weeks of travel around the eastern coast of the USA. I visited Washington DC, Philadelphia, buffalo, Niagara Falls, New York City.

After my 3 weeks in the states I spent 3 months in Italy staying with family, with a short burst of travel in England and wales. It was while I was in Italy lounging around mooching of my amazing cousin Jo and her family that I decided I wanted to go to university. I had to choose between 2 possible candidates, I decided that I was going to go to Otago University. It is NZ oldest university and is situated in the deep south of New Zealand. This was the farthest away from home I could get without leaving the country. Also as an added bonus my boyfriend at the time was already at Otago University. I decided I was going to study Theatre studies with a minor in hospitality as that way I got all the fun and none of the math.

However by the end of my first year I realised I wanted to take 20 tourism papers and like 2 theatre papers. I was actually offered honours in both Tourism and Theatre and had the chance to choose between them, I chose to change my degree from a Bachelor of Arts to a Bachelor of Commerce. Unfortunately this meant all of the math!!!! However with some great utilization of summer school I still managed to graduate in 3 years as scheduled.

During my first year of university I was loving my tourism/hospitality classes and one of y lecturers, my favourite and huge role model Tara! Told me about this awesome opportunity called the Disney International College Program. The option to work, earn and learn from the world largest media conglomerate. This sounded like the perfect dream job to me, how else would I get to live in America for a year with a job, in a gated community and transportation provided on a daily basis??? So I decided to finish my degree and then apply for the ICP.

For more information of that you can check out some of my early/very first posts to this blog.

However one of my longest running dreams is to travel the world and be paid for it. So everything I do is striving towards this ultimate goal. I pondered being an air hostess (I’m too short) and working on a cruise ship (taaadaahhh).

Today:

So as you all know I am mid-way through my process of becoming part of the team with the Disney cruise line. You can read this post HERE about my process so far.

I also got some great news the other day that a friend of mine is also going to be interviewed for the Disney cruise line as well!!! Yes super pumped!!!

Where I stand today is in a sort of limbo. I am still riddled with wanderlust and I can’t wait to get the call from the Disney cruise line so I can set off abroad once more.

This is an odd post and if you didn’t like it I apologise, I just felt like there is a certain amount of my life that attributes to why I want to travel and how I’ve gotten to this point and I felt like sharing it.

PS, i learnt how to use links !!! did you notice.

TTFN

Nutmeg

DORMS Registration

When I awoke this  morning i discovered that i had 2 new emails from Disney Housing 🙂

You can imagine how excited i was to recieved these. as they only arrive Approx 10 days before arrival at disney.

These emails contained all the information you need to know about registering for housing.the first email contains the link and the instructions. the second email contains your temporary password for the DORMS website

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This is the Dorms website. you log in using your tempoary password provided to you, it then promts you to enter a new password. However there are some strict guidelines.

  • Must be between 7-12 characters
  • Must have at least 1 upper case Letter
  • Must have at least 1 lowercase letter
  • Must have at least 1 number
  • Must not contain any dictionary words.

this stumped me for a while as you can imagine. btu i eventually got there after much exclaiming of why dies this have to be so secure who is going to break into the DORMS website hmm?

the next step is to read through all the documentation and check the terms and conditions, and sign using your birthdate in true american style MMDDYYYY.

Then you get to choiose your roomates or say youll be adventurous and that they can choose for you.

Than specify what housing you would prefer. Image

Of course you can also choose to be adventurous, and not select your housing as well.

The DORMS website gives you the prices for each option as well. i tried to upload a picture of it but it refuses to work proply so it has been left out.

once you have completed everythign you will then print off your boarding pass and all the other info will also print.

you need to present this at check in.

I have choosen:

Housing Complexes:

  • Chatham Square,
  • Patterson Court
  • The Commons

Roommates:

  • Choosen for me

Number of Rooms:

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

i am so excited that this has come through. it means that this is all becoming very real and happening very soon.

T.T.F.N

Nutmeggle

xox

Applying and the Interview

Hello!

This blog is going to be about applying for the IDCP. Woot..

So I first heard about this opportunity at my university in my first year of study.

 Back ground information:

I am 22 years old and I live in New Zealand. I studied at Otago University at the bottom of the South Island. I started out studying a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies with a minor in Hospitality. I then changed in my second year to a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Tourism. Then in my third year I dropped the honours course as I just wanted to go and travel and not spend 4 years at university.

 All these changes sure were fun, changing from arts to commerce meant I now got to do all the “fun” math papers I had been avoiding. *sigh*

 But I graduated in 2012 with my Bachelor of Commerce and couldn’t be happier. (Well sort of)

Back to the topic at hand:

So I discovered the IDCP in 2010 through my tourism department at university. It sounded fairly easy to get into and sounded like it encompassed all sorts of awesomeness.

Here is the link if you want to check it out for yourself. -> https://www.disneyinternationalprograms.com/icp.html

The requirements are pretty easy:

To qualify candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Be a citizen of Australia, New Zealand and/or the United States of America.

  • Be a current student at an accredited post-secondary university or at a tertiary-level accredited educational (TAFE)/Polytechnic institution and have completed at the first full year of study prior to application.Recent graduates of a university or TAFE/Polytechnic may also apply but must start work at Walt Disney World Resort within 12 months of their graduation date.

    •  Please note you may not defer the semester prior to your arrival
  • Per Visa regulations, you may not study via correspondence

The requirements vary depending on your home country and whether they recruit there.

So I decided to wait until I had graduated or almost graduated to apply as I love to travel and probably wouldn’t have come home again to finish my degree.

So during my three years of uni I became pretty obsessed with the program. I discovered that Jeni (our Australia/New Zealand recruiter) visited my university twice a year and also occasionally guest lectured while she was around. She also did 2 presentations per visit.

Suffice it to say I got to know Jeni really well as I went to every presentation and crashed every lecture she gave.

By the time I applied, she was as excited as I was that I was finally applying. 😛

So during my third and final year of uni, around September my turn finally arrived. I filled in the online application (except for the work history section as it has a well known glitch) printed it off and signed it. I also filled in a sheet with my choices for roles, signified whether I wanted a 6 month or a 12 month role, got a copy of my passport, and filled in my Resume and a cover letter.

I dyed my hair brown ( which didn’t work properly, I have so many colour running through my hair that it was more purple than brown L)  took out all my ear piercings except for the 2 designated by the Disney look and organised an appointment time.

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You must be interviewed for this program either in person or via Skype.

I was nervous about this for the whole year before I applied.

Jeni was lovely she was just as excited as I was to be applying.

She asked me basic things like what my favourite Disney movie was what hometown I would like on my name badge. However since I had gotten to known Jeni over the years she didn’t ask me as many things as she did to a few others.

She also asked what my preferred choice would be and the length of the program I would like as well.

At the end of my interview she told me not to stress and that I would hear back within 2 weeks.

And so the waiting began…..

Tips…..
  • Be friendly, Open and Honest
  • Research the Disney look and dress as if it’s for a job interview (which it is)
  • Be as flexible as possible when choosing roles, the more you pick the more they can offer you, (they cannot offer you a role which you haven’t selected)
  • Make sure you have all your paper work, and be 15mins early to your appointment.

All in all I highly recommend that you apply for this opportunity, so far it has been the best experience and I haven’t even gotten there yet J

All the best