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!)
Employees have their own dormitory style employee building on the property, with access to all of the amenities within the resort! This means that you will have a gourmet buffet of food for every meal, beach and pool access and fitness center, yoga classes, etc at your disposal! 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.
This job is very unique and allows for an exciting lifestyle in beautiful international locations. However, this job also has low wages and very long and oftentimes exhausting hours. You definitely need to be an energetic, people-person if you want to succeed with a position at Club Med. 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.
Our schedule included activities such as swimming, art class, dance class, trapeze/circus school, sailing and sports. We also were required to eat dinner with the kids, and put on nightly events and performances for the kids and resort guests; SO yes, 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!