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All-round animator’s workplan

An all-round animator is a person who deals with organising guests' leisure time, in the full sense of the word. Such an animator does not have any particular specialisation and has to take care of everything, which means for instance, looking after children, preparing and conducting the evening show, organising and refereeing sports games, or supporting the hotel’s public relations.

Usually all-round animators are employed by small or minor hotels (for example three-star ones). Animators work there in groups and they complement each other. They can share the work between themselves, which is the greatest advantage of being an all-rounder. Imagine working only with kids (as a Kids Entertainer) for four months in a row. Being an all-rounder, you will, of course, also have to deal with children, but not all the time - you will be able to “rest” during sports activities or those on the stage.

Advantages and disadvantages 

The other side of the coin is that the all-round animator has to be the most versatile of all. Rather than having a specialisation, the all-round animator has to be familiar with all aspects: entertaining children, sports, music and acting. Still, it is a most interesting and very instructive job.

PROS OF BEING AN ALL-ROUNDER

CONS OF BEING AN ALL-ROUNDER

- diversity of work
- wide experience
- rest periods
- flexibility of tasks
- tourists’ respect

- necessity of comprehensive preparations
- doing tasks that you may not like
- need for quick changes

An all-round animator usually works 6 days a week, from 10AM until 12PM with meal and rest breaks. Many hotels have a “No-animation day”, which means that the whole animation team has a day off (generally it’s Monday) and they can spend it together. Other hotels hold animation throughout the week – then, each animator has a different day off. Some are happy to have time off alone, while others relax best in company, so it depends on the person.

Time schedule

A standard programme of an all-round animator looks like this:

FROM

TO

PROGRAMME

10:00

10:45

 Aerobics or other forms or morning gymnastics

11:00

13:00

 Sports (beach volleyball, mini golf, football)

13:00

14:00

 Lunch in the hotel restaurant

14:00

16:00

 Rest (possibly preparation of the night show)

16:00

18:00

 Games with children / sport games

18:00

20:00

 Rest (possibly preparation of the night show)

20:00

21:00

 Mini disco with games and prizes

21:00

21:30

 Prize-giving ceremony for the morning programme 

21:30

22:00

 Dance music, preparation of the evening show

22:00

23:30

 Show time

23:30

23:45

 Talking to the guests, advertising the programme

23:45

00:00

 Cleaning the stage after the show

Naturally, the daily programme above is just an example. It can vary, depending on the hotel in which one works. Sometimes the programme is shorter, but it can be longer as well. The animators are often invited to the discos after the evening shows to have fun with tourists. It may be that the animator goes to bed around 1AM or even 5AM. Each of us needs different amounts of time to regenerate our energy levels. Those whose physical condition is poor are advised to go to bed just after the programme, but if it’s your last working day and you have some strength left – go for it!

Usually, the sports programme runs weekly, with different sports every day. The programme for kids and evening shows are not repeated for two weeks, since tourists very rarely stay in a hotel for more than two weeks, so the programme can be duplicated after this time.

Work & Fun™ Team

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