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Massage therapist/reflexologist/hostel work

Fiona Camino

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Not sure if anyone can help, but who do I approach to find out about getting paid work for a few summer months along the way? I am not expecting a fortune - just enough to keep body and soul together. I am a hard worker and qualified in massage and reflexology - skills that I think will be in high demand along the way?! TIA
 

J Willhaus

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2016 CF;
Hospitalera, Zamora 2017, Hospitalera Grañón 2018, Hospitalera Estella 2019
I saw a Work Away posting in Castrojerez where hospitaleros are needed. You might try looking on Work Away.
 
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Not sure if anyone can help, but who do I approach to find out about getting paid work for a few summer months along the way? I am not expecting a fortune - just enough to keep body and soul together. I am a hard worker and qualified in massage and reflexology - skills that I think will be in high demand along the way?! TIA
I wanted to share this, not as a criticism, but as a personal outlook of what I do. I do wish you well with your pursuit of your inquiry, though :)

When I travel on Camino, I make it a point to engage local professionals or workers if I need a service. The economy in Spain is challenging and the unemployment rate is high, and I want to make sure that I am focusing any expenditures back into that economy.

When I have engaged an appointment for a massage session (maybe 4 times in 3 Caminos), I inquire about if the person is a local or from nearby. If told (which I haven't been) that the person was not a resident, I would pass on it and try to make a different arrangement.

Again, I am not being critical by any means; nor do I know if others on the Forum would think to do the same. I sincerely hope that this works out for you. Who knows, there may be a need that you can fill for an agency or practice which cannot find local talent :)
 

Fiona Camino

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I wanted to share this, not as a criticism, but as a personal outlook of what I do. I do wish you well with your pursuit of your inquiry, though :)

When I travel on Camino, I make it a point to engage local professionals or workers if I need a service. The economy in Spain is challenging and the unemployment rate is high, and I want to make sure that I am focusing any expenditures back into that economy.

When I have engaged an appointment for a massage session (maybe 4 times in 3 Caminos), I inquire about if the person is a local or from nearby. If told (which I haven't been) that the person was not a resident, I would pass on it and try to make a different arrangement.

Again, I am not being critical by any means; nor do I know if others on the Forum would think to do the same. I sincerely hope that this works out for you. Who knows, there may be a need that you can fill for an agency or practice which cannot find local talent :)
Certainly something I did not even think about. However, I can only assume that there may be a chance of some paid work out there. Thanks for your mindful response.
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Also, apart of finding work consider: Are your professional credentials acknowledged/recognized in Spain and What about professional insurance?
Wishing you all the best, SY
 

Pelen

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(2020 Logroño-)
I had 30 mins leg massage in Pamplona and it was really really great. Do you mean staying one pace and work or doing massage on other hikers when walking yourself?
 

Fiona Camino

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I had 30 mins leg massage in Pamplona and it was really really great. Do you mean staying one pace and work or doing massage on other hikers when walking yourself?
Hi. I was thinking staying in one place to work for about three months and then using the 4th month to walk myself. :) I would be happy to do chores in a hostel in between massages in order to have accommodation.
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
I'll just add my 2 cents here (I am a registered physiotherapist-acupuncturist).

While volunteering as a hospitalera along the Camino I have on several occasions offered my taping service or professional advice to pilgrims in need although I never advertised this and I certainly never accepted reimbursement. I also believe that we should support locals and Spanish physios as well as massage therapists are well educated.

I could envision you doing what you propose for room and board, but also receiving a salary would surprise me. Of course one never knows and good luck in trying.

I am currently in Ponferrada and had coffee yesterday with a friend whose daughter is a registered occupational and physiotherapist. She has 2 different jobs to make ends meet (recently graduated) and receives about €800 a month.
 

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