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  1. F

    Thesis about volunteering on the Camino

    Hi! My name is Fatime Kepka and I am a hungarian student. I am attending a hungarian university in Budapest and I am writing my thesis about motivations and expectations of volunteers on the Camino. I made a questionnaire for the volunteers. Please, if you are/were a volunteer on the Camino...
  2. Rebekah Scott

    YOU can be a Camino Ditch Pig in 2020!

    You can't keep a Ditch Pig down, not even in a world put on hold by a pandemic! We won't have the usual Ditch Pigs Camino Cleanup crew this year, as most of our volunteers are locked down or face quarantines on their return home... and large swaths of the Camino are off-limits as well. BUT...
  3. Rebekah Scott

    Winter Hospitaleros needed

    The word's gone out: The Amigos of Ponferrada want to keep the donativo Albergue Domus Dei in Foncebadon open over this winter, so there will be at least one place for pilgrims to stay up there. Hardy volunteers are needed to take two-week stretches on the mountain. For details contact Rafa at...
  4. Robo

    Video Woo Hoo. It's Jenny about Volunteering

    @JennyH94 needs no introduction... Apologies for the verbal head nodding! I have since learnt to mute my mic! :rolleyes:
  5. M

    camino trail work

    There were several places on the Camino Frances in France and Spain where the trail needed work - I help repair and build trails in Washington State in the US and was wondering if anyone knew how to volunteer to help out on the Camino trails. I realize that COVID safety has constrained travel...
  6. Anik2001

    Looking for information

    I was wondering if there was an online basic course for volonteering as hospitalero, something I could do while in confinement. I understand it’s better and more complete in person, but it would be as a basis, before we can go back to meeting people and take a complete course. Thanks! Anik
  7. T

    Clean the Camino

    A litte more than a year ago I walked the Camino Portuguesa por la Costa. It was one of the greatest experiences ever. I noticed a lot of trash around some parts of the camino. Lately I have been more consicous about plastic-pollution and the future of our beautiful earth. The camino comes back...
  8. S

    Any chances to volunteer at albergues?

    Hello I am from Korea And I have done this about 10 years ago. I met a lot of people from all around the world and had the greatest experience. I would like to come back in this year. If it is possible, I wanna do volunteering at ablegues. I have an experience in housekeeping And I do have a...
  9. Pingüigrino

    Hospitalero (again) in Grañon

    Hello, friends. From the 1st to the 15th of February I´ll be serving in the parish´s albergue of San Juan Bautista in Grañon. It should be me pleasure to recibe you there. If you decided not to stop there, feel free to enter and say hello, the fireplace will be on, the bathrooms clean and a...
  10. SYates

    Resti Hospitalero Castrojeriz - RIP

    For those of us that have been around the Caminos for a bit, I am sorry to tell you a sad news. Resti, who was the first hospitalero in Castrojeriz, has died of a heart attack. He was famous for waking up pilgrims with Gregorian chants in the morning, banning, in later years, mobile phones from...
  11. Jeff Crawley

    To be a Pilgrim (Office Volunteer)

    Well I went and did it. Having had my interest raised by Tom @t2andreo I applied to the Pilgrim Office and was accepted as a Volunteer for two weeks. I mean, who could resist two weeks of lovely Spanish food, weather and senoritas in a place where tinto verano flows like . . . well, tinto...
  12. Kevin considine

    LIVE from the Camino Ode to the Hospitaleros

    Ode To The Hospitaleros: Yesterday I walked into Estella around 11:15 grateful that an early start got me there before the blistering 35C (95F) of the afternoon. I was winging it on where to stay and the Municipal Albergue was in a great location but it did not open until 12. I noticed my...
  13. ELHS220

    Pilgrim Mass and Botafumeiro

    This past May through July, I walked the last part of the Norte, from Oviedo/Avilés, the last two days of the Francés, served as a volunteer in the Pilgrim Office for two weeks, and then walked to Finisterre and on to Muxía. During this time, I did the Mass reading 37 times in various churches...
  14. alexwalker

    Collecting garbage - A duty for conscious pilgrims?

    On my next camino (sept. or so, I think) I am going to bring a bag each day and pick up garbage. I have often done this, but not systematically. Why do it? I am tired of seeing empty plastic bottles (weighs nothing), empty sigarette packs (weighs nothing) etc etc along the trails. If I put it...
  15. Dave H.

    Seeking volunteer opportunties

    My wife and I are looking for a long-term volunteer opportunity on the CPC route, ideally with room and board included. We are willing to serve in virtually any capacity. Any ideas? Thanks!
  16. t2andreo

    Questions for currently serving or just served Pilgrim Office volunteers...

    Hey there! I leave in one week (7 July) to fly to Santiago to start my annual one-month volunteer stint on 9 July. Currently, I am arranging and packing stuff that I learned over the years that will make my time there better. In that vein, I have a few questions that only someone who is...
  17. whyteway

    Volunteer on Camino

    Hola, I walked the Camino Frances last year and am trying to return to volunteer at St.Anton Albergue. Getting a visa from Australia to stay long term in Spain is near impossible. Does anyone have any suggestions how I can get a long term visa for Spain??? Mucho grasias Anthony
  18. Lirsy

    Services provided by hospitaleros

    Hi! I am right now in an albergue as hospitalero. It really surprise me how few pilgrims use the services that the hospitaleros can provide. In my opinion, it is a little shocking that almost no any pilgrim ask about which are the difficulties in the next stages, wich could be the adventages...
  19. Rebekah Scott

    Ditch Pigs Cleanup Crew: 2017

    Don't look now, but the DITCH PIGS are back, cleaning up our 100 kms of Camino for the NINTH consecutive YEAR! We've trimmed down our numbers and shortened out work-week this year, gathering on 26 Nov. and clearing out of town on the 30th. We did a really thorough job from Castrojeriz all...
  20. t2andreo

    Pilgrim Office Status Report

    I have been working here as a volunteer since 13 July. My last work day is this Tuesday, 15 August. I will return home (FL) on Thursday. Here is the current status of things at the P/O: Daily volumes - yesterday 12 AUG, we set the daily record for 2017 (to date) with 2,722 pilgrims processed...