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Mozarabe needs hospitaleros

Raggy

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2021
As I mentioned in a recent thread about the Camino Mozarabe, the Almeria association is unable to operate its network of donativo albergues because they need hospitaleros on site to ensure compliance with sanitary / hygiene rules. (Previously, most of the albergues were unstaffed - maintained weekly by volunteers from the association).

In a teleconference on 18/Jun, I asked Mercedes (president of the Almeria association) about the situation. She shared the following information:

  • Only two municipal (donativo) albergues are open at the moment between Almeria and Merida. They are Alboloduy and Alcaracejos. (I believe that these have volunteer hospitaleros from a national association).
  • It is possible to stay at private accommodations - as listed in the guide which the association published. They are operating with reduced capacity and in accordance with sanitary requirements.
  • It is vital that pilgrims plan in advance and call ahead to the private accommodations to reserve places. You cannot guarantee that you will find a place to stay if you just show up.
  • For albergues to open, they need hospitaleros on site to ensure compliance with the rules - including limits to people staying, cleaning of facilities, use of masks and alcohol gel etc.
  • Even if the albergues are open, the public spaces *(kitchen / living room etc.) are off limits.
  • This situation is likely to continue to October at least. After that, circumstances may justify a change in rules.
I asked if the association wanted volunteers to help to manage albergues. Mercedes gave a qualified "yes," Not just anyone would be suitable. Anyone interested in volunteering should :
  • Be able to communicate in Spanish.
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID.
  • Have training / experience of being a hospitalero.
  • Have experience of walking the Camino Mozarabe (or a similar, Southern Camino).
Send me a message if you would like me to put you in touch with the Almeria association - or contact them directly. The association will want to speak with you to ensure that you know what you're taking on and you are suitable.
 
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C clearly

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Thanks for this update. I am not in a position to consider volunteering, but I am curious about something...
For albergues to open, they need hospitaleros on site to ensure compliance with the rules - including limits to people staying, cleaning of facilities, use of masks and alcohol gel etc.
Does this mean they need someone in town to admit pilgrims and do the daily cleaning afterwards, or do they need someone to be actually staying in the albergue to ensure compliance with the rules?
 

digger

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Mozarabe; Almeria to Santiago May & June 2016
Hi Raggy,
I'm interested.
Ditto to C Clearly questions. Plus how would a hospitalero enforce limits? Alboloduy is tiny and a long way (27k?) from the next town. I don't recall any private facitilies there.
Digger
 

Raggy

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Thanks for this update. I am not in a position to consider volunteering, but I am curious about something...

Does this mean they need someone in town to admit pilgrims and do the daily cleaning afterwards, or do they need someone to be actually staying in the albergue to ensure compliance with the rules?
I don't know the answer. This is something that a prospective volunteer should discuss with the association.

My guess - I think some albergues (e.g. Alboloduy, Abla, Hueneja) have private rooms where a hospitalero could stay for a couple of weeks. I don't think that a hospitalero can be expected to enforce behavior, but might be expected to remind pilgrims of the ground rules. The association would need to discuss with the hospitalero about what to do if a pilgrim is unwilling to abide by the rules.

Hi Raggy,
I'm interested.
Ditto to C Clearly questions. Plus how would a hospitalero enforce limits? Alboloduy is tiny and a long way (27k?) from the next town. I don't recall any private facitilies there.
Digger
Thank you Digger. I will send you a private message.

Alboloduy is one of the towns with a municipal / donativo albergue, but there are several others between Almeria and Merida. If I recall correctly, Alboloduy has a couple of small stores, a restaurant, a couple of bars, a municipal pool. What would be the biggest town with a municipal albergue? Maybe Castro del Rio, Hinojosa del Duque, or Castuera? You should have a candid chat with the Almeria association about the kind of places that you would be happy to stay - and the places that won't work for you.

I recommend having a transparent discussion with them - Share all of your expectations and concerns. Don't hold back from asking lots of questions. At the end of it, you or the association might say "Sorry. This won't work after all." Or you might both say "Let's go for it."
 
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