Then last year I met a French woman who was walking with a young offender. I think the state pay people to accompany problem youngsters on the camino. She said that they only had a budget of €15 per day between them which I think was farcical - they are paid quite handsomely for this work.
It's a non profit association that organises and pays for this, with the ok of the courts, etc. They get a daily stipped'md lf 16€ each, for food and lodging. The "offender" also gets 3€ per day as pocket money, so they can buy cigarettes, or candy, depending on their age.
With 16€ a day, kt's difficult to explain that "donativo" does not mean "free".
There is also budget for visiting monuments, museums, etc. The association pays for the backpack, clothes, etc the "offender" needs. In the case lf the boy I walked along woth for a few days, it had cost about 400€ I'm told.
The Israelites used goats as their way of getting rid of their sins. The would make sacrifice and put the mains on the goat and release them into the wilderness. That is where the term 'Scape goat ' comes from.This used to happen back in the day when nobles had to do a pilgrimage to offset some great sin. They would nominate a servant to walk it for them, no €2,700 for them, just do it for the master.
I would do that kind of thing in a second. I can go tomorrow
Actually they are not paid any more than that. I've met a Swiss lady named Marina (she opened an albergue on Norte I think) in A Laxe albergue in 2014 with a young French lad. If I remember correctly there was an amount approx.15€ and they were carrying a tent to spend less weather permitting. But that thing certainly isnt'r a vacation. She was alerted all the time for this boy.Then last year I met a French woman who was walking with a young offender. I think the state pay people to accompany problem youngsters on the camino. She said that they only had a budget of €15 per day between them which I think was farcical - they are paid quite handsomely for this work.
My grin would be even wider...
In his own words, courtesy of the AFP news agency: The service itself is not controversial. What is controversial, is the money I ask for it. ... As for me, I'm fine with it. Love his smile when he says that at the end of the clip (see below).
Capitalism reached its icy fingers into every nook.
I noticed this thread today and experienced something last year very similar. A car pulled up outside a bar and a guy gets out and walks across the road sits at a small table where there was water, oranges and watermelons for passing pilgrims.
I've heard that was the medieval routine also.
If you read up on the history of the camino, this is not new, or unheard of. In the past there were pilgrims on their own spiritual journey, forced pilgrims (an alternative punishment akin to imprisonment), and pilgrims who were walking in the name of someone else.