OPPORTUNITY: Grace Godsell and Ellyse Rohl are travelling to Florida as part of a Disney university exchange program.
OPPORTUNITY: Grace Godsell and Ellyse Rohl are travelling to Florida as part of a Disney university exchange program. Inga Williams

City duo set for magical experience with Disney

AN AMERICAN adventure awaits two young Ipswich women who have decided to include a different kind of cultural experience into their university studies.

Although Ellyse Rohl, 18 and Grace Godsell, 20, have their sights set on very different careers, their paths crossed a few months ago when they discovered they would both be working at Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

They became friends and will be room-mates for the duration of their six-month exchange program, in which they will be employees of Disney while completing additional studies that will contribute to their university education.

Ms Rohl, who is halfway through a Bachelor of Creative Industries degree at QUT, will work as an attraction hostess, while Ms Godsell - who has one year left before graduating from her high school education degree at Griffith Uni - will work as a pool lifeguard.

"All they've told me is that I am an attraction hostess - I don't really know exactly what attractions I'm working on or what I'm doing until I get there," Ms Rohl said.

"I would like to work somewhere in the entertainment sphere one day and Disney is going to be a great stepping stone."

Ms Rohl will take two additional classes while in Florida in order to improve her skills.

Having never left the nest for a significant amount of time until this trip, it seems she will also be learning a few life skills.

"It certainly makes me feel a bit safer to be able to go over with Grace," Ms Rohl said.

"I have never lived away from home before so this alone will be a challenge for me."

While not studying, Ms Godsell works in after-hours school care, where she has been required to learn first aid and CPR.

It was these skills that helped land her the somewhat unlikely sounding role of pool lifeguard in a faraway land.

It's a role she can't wait to jump into.

"I am pretty excited - I mean how many other people can say they've worked for one of the biggest companies in the world," Ms Godsell said.

"For me it is about life experience, but it is also something that could set me apart from other people when I'm looking for a job."

Ms Rohl and Ms Godsell depart on Sunday.



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