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Camino Podcast Episode 33 - Volunteering on the Way

2020 Camino Guides


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First: Camino Francés 2002; most recent: Via Podiensis 2015
Most people only experience the Camino as pilgrims. However, there are many ways to engage with the pilgrim road, and a number of these include rich volunteer opportunities. This episode focuses on three different possibilities. The Ditch Pigs are an annual clean-up crew, organized by Rebekah Scott, and two members of this year's group--Amelia and Jim--bring us into the middle of the action. The most common form of giving back for pilgrims is to serve as hospitaleros; Julie-Ann Milne trains hospitaleros in Sydney, Australia, and she discusses what the work entails and why it matters. Finally, it's also possible to serve in the Pilgrim Office in Santiago; Tom ( @t2andreo ) has been spending weeks there each summer for a number of years, and he takes us behind the curtain. It's a mix of personal stories and practical advice, in the hope of inspiring more of us to contribute, however we can.



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I really enjoyed listening to the interviews. Thanks for sharing!


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Excellent interviews and so interesting to listen to and learn a bit more about Hospitalero training and then ,I found the interview wwwirh Tom to be exceedingly informative. Thankyou Dave for the opportunity to learn so much more of what actually goes on behind the scenes. Susan Morris...convenor of Australian Pilgrims on the Camino and beyond, and, one of the walkers in The Camino Skies Documentary which came out this year. CHEERS.

J Willhaus

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Hospitalera, Zamora 2017, Hospitalera Grañón 2018, Hospitalera Estella 2019
Thanks again, Dave. My husband and I have been hospitaleross voluntarios 3 Times now. Twice in the winter and once in the summer. It is a great experience, but no vacation. That is hard to explain to co-workers who equate Christmas in Spain with visions of a beach somewhere.

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