Student Nadia – Entertainer in Spain

18 May 2018

When I was still a kid our entire family went to a Vacansoleil holiday park every summer. I’ve always been interested in working at a holiday park. Some time ago a friend from University recommended me European Leisure Jobs. I really wanted to go to Spain to practice my Spanish and to entertain children. After a Skype interview, an entertainment casting, and a few emails I could start at Villanova Park in the Costa Dorada, Spain.

Basketball

I’ve been working here for 3 weeks now and I’m having a blast. Being an Entertainer is super fun and varied, because I get to organise lots of activities. My day starts at 10 am in the morning. This morning I organised a basketball tournament for the kids and afterwards we played some more basketball in the pool. In the beginning we always take part in the game ourselves, but as soon as the kids are comfortable enough we let them play and we’ll cheer them on from the side.

At 1 pm we have lunch break. Spanish style! Which means a 3 to 4 hour lunch break. Usually I make myself something to eat and then I go to the pool to relax. Kids hardly recognise me without my orange entertainment clothes, so I do get to relax, haha!

Cheering

From 5 pm to 6:30 pm I organise activities in the mini club. The program is different every day. This afternoon we’re going to play a game of Memory. Sometimes we also do some crafting or little games in which kids can earn medals.

From 9 pm until 10 pm it’s time for the mini disco! At the end of the day we go on stage to inform guests about the program of the next day. Every entertainer does this in his or her own language. Funny story: when I announce something in Dutch, all the Dutch guests start cheering.

Google Translate

I’m the only Dutch speaking person in our Entertainment team. That’s why communication can be hard sometimes. Fortunately my Spanish is getting better every day. Some kids even call me Google Translate, because I help them translate Spanish words into Dutch.

Dutch and Flemish guests are really glad I’m here. Often they come to me and say: “You’re Dutch, right? I’ll ask you then!” Of course, I don’t know the answer to every question, but I try to help them as good as I can.

I also try to give everyone some attention. I still remember that I looked up to the people from the entertainment team when I was young. When they said something to me in person I always felt special. I try to do that now as well, as often as I can.