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TRAVEL JOBS: CLUB MED
Job Title: Club Med G.O.
The Job Description
Club Med (Club Mediterranee) is a French-based all-inclusive hotel chain, which has resort “villages” in over 90 beautiful locations around the world. Club Med is different than most resorts, as its employees to are much more interactive with the guests in contrast to other hotel companies.
A Club Med employee is known as G.O., which stands for Gentil Organisateur…which is a French, Club Med-specific term, used to name its employees as “ambassadors of the Club Med spirit”. A Club Med G.O. can hold one of a number of positions within the resort.
There are job opportunities in all departments with positions such as:
Reception, Kid’s Club counselor, bartender, server, sail instructor, trapeze artist, dance instructor, fitness team, animation team and chef. Your primary duties will be specific to your position, but your secondary duties will include participating in shows and performances, mingling/dancing/dining with the resort guests on a daily basis, and participating in “crazy signs” every night- which are choreographed Club Med dances (…I am not joking!)
As far as living conditions are concerned, you will most likely have a 2 bedroom, shared bathroom set up with another same-sex roommate. My bedroom has a full-size bed, small closet, desk and TV. The living quarters were small, but perfectly fine. Everyone who works at Club Med has a very energetic, social, outgoing type of character.
The majority of the people I worked with were between 18-30, and all of us were work-hard, play-hard types! Between our dorm-style set-up, and the good vibes all around, it was kind of like being in college again.
When I worked at Club Med, I was a Kid’s Club Counselor. The main part of my day was spent at the “Kid’s Club” from 8-5 every day (minus Wednesday,our single day off), which was basically run like a day camp.
for example:my Friday nights were spent dressed up like a pirate and mermaid for a “Barney” style play we had to put on every weekend. Around 9 pm, after our nightly performances and activities were over, we would be required to mingle with guests at the resort bar and…then…we were required to tear up the dance floor during “crazy signs”. It was very long day of work, all day, every day, but luckily my job description and co-workers were fun!
I personally worked in Florida at the “Sandpiper Bay” Village when I did a season with Club Med. If you are an American, it is likely that you will be placed in the US for your first and second season before you are able to apply for a transfer to an international resort village.
This job exists wherever there is a Club Med Resort! Locations range from
pristine beaches to rain forests to snow-capped mountains all around the world. According to the Club Med website, there are resorts in:
The Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, Europe & Mediterranean, the Alps, South
America, Africa, and the Indian Ocean
How to Get the Job
In order to apply for the job, you must fill out the online application, which will ask you basic past employment experience, skill and personal information. Once you have done that, you will be prompted for a phone or Skype interview with the HR team. If you are successful with that interview, you will be invited to a recruitment session at a major city.
If you visit the Club Med Employment page you will be able to learn more details (http://www.clubmedjobs.us/100–jobs–be-discovered/working–village/recruitment).
I remember that my Kid’s Club application included very specific questions, such as: How would you handle a dispute between two toddlers fighting over a toy?”- HA.
Although I couldn’t make it to a recruitment session, I think the fact that I was abroad actually made me stick out from other potential employees, and positioned me as a person who would fit in well with an internationally diverse team of workers. If you are interested in networking with past G.O.’s or would like to find out more information on what to expect as an employee, you can visit the Club Med employee forum at http://www.clubmedplanet.com/forum/.
For example: one of my friends in the Kid’s Club trained with the Circus Team in her free time, and ended up working as a trapeze artist for the following seasons!
The qualifications will depend on the job you are applying for. If you would like to be a chef for example, cooking experience is probably a requirement; or if you would like to be a sail instructor, hopefully you will have some sailing experience under your belt.
CPR and safety training is a definite plus, and so is the ability to speak multiple languages. Because this is a French-based company with many international locations, there are guests from all over the world.
we were given complimentary access to Rosetta Stone to practice and learn languages..not that we really had the time in our schedule to take advantage of it! I think that travel experience will also make you stand out. Traveling exposes you to new cultures, and demonstrates your desire for adventure.
It will position you as an ideal member to a multicultural team. Availability & Pay (is it seasonal, year-round, do they pay hourly, salary, commission, etc.)
If you renew your contract for another consecutive season, you will pretty much be guaranteed placement since you will understand the lifestyle and work culture.
There is also value in the resort amenities that you will have access to. When I was working as an entry level Kid’s Club Counselor in the US, I was getting around $840/month. I believe that wages in other countries can be lower. If you would like to learn more about this and my personal experience as a G.O., please feel free to join me in my follow-up video!
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