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Voluntario Program restarting in June 2021

t2andreo

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2022
Hello all!

I recently received this notice from the ACC (Acogida Cristiana en los Caminos de Santiago) regarding the volunteer program, both at some albergues and at the Pilgrim Office in Santiago. As you know the program was necessarily shut down when the world went into lockdown early in 2020. I last worked there in August 2019.

Now, as the world restarts, and the Camino comes alive, the daily arrival numbers at the Pilgrim Office are quickly rising. The ACC and office management are getting ready for what will likely be a very busy July, August and September. The 2021 annual numbers will be very low compared to a pre-pandemic year. But, the summer period in 2021 is likely to see a lot of released pent up demand.

Personally, I have asked for a volunteer stint in September, as I am still recuperating from a very serious illness.

If you are interested, here is the URL: https://mailchi.mp/6bb3421d7ea3/voluntariado-acc-2021?e=3769cc0d06

BTW, the volunteer in the photo is our own Tim S. from Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a personal friend and we have volunteered together several times.

My take away from this is that we are getting back to normal poco a poco.

Ultreia!

Tom
 
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t2andreo

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I am recovering from a case of acute necrotizing pancreatitis, brought on by a sequence of errors when I had my gall bladder removed on 3 February. The bacterial infection is gone. But, the mother of all pancreatitis cases continues to plague my days.

All I can do is offer it up, persevere, and carry on.

Ultreia!

Tom
 
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I am recovering from a case of acute necrotizing pancreatitis, brought on by a sequence of errors when I had my gall bladder removed on 3 February. The bacterial infection is gone. But, the mother of all pancreatitis cases continues to plague my days.

All I can do is offer it up, persevere, and carry on.

Ultreia!

Tom
Very sorry to hear of your illness. Wishing you a full recovery soon!
 
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t2andreo

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2022
Yes I do. I have been writing the folks in Santiago, warning of the likely consequences of the pent-up demand of frustrated people who ended up saving money as they had nothing to spend it on, and accelerating vaccination rates across most of Europe.

My position has been that, on an annual basis, 2021 will be a fraction of 2019 pilgrim arrivals. However, as the world restarts, the pent-up demand is going to see a surge in pilgrim arrivals staring in late June.

My hypothesis is that the last 3 - 4 months of the pilgrim season may actually resemble a pre-pandemic year - even if the annualized totals are very small. The major routes, like the Camino Frances and Camino Portuguese, are already seeing rapidly increasing daily pilgrim volumes.

This is a lot like turning on a coiled garden hose. The water has to fill the hose (Camino route) for a time before the surge arrives at the other end (Santiago). But, the pilgrims are coming.

Once the Camino routes are populated, the result will be increased pilgrim arrivals. That populating process is occurring now, and for the rest of June.

In my opinion, it is going to be "all hands to the pumps" at the Pilgrim Office once all the Spanish and Portuguese pilgrims take their annual holidays in July and August. Then there are all the groups who could not walk in 2020, and can now avail themselves of the Holy Year Jubilee Indulgence. Finally, all the non-EU folks who should be able to fly into Spain this autumn, once the government gets things sorted.

Many non-EU folks, from Canada, the US and beyond, will likely show up in late August and September. The 2021 season could simply shift to the last half of the year. We MAY see increased pilgrimage and arrivals right through Christmas.

I do not have a crystal ball. But I do have experience, both as a Pilgrim Office volunteer and professionally, as a process analyst. this is my assessment based on reading four Spanish newspapers daily throughout the pandemic lockdown, as well as the information I glean from my Spanish and European sources.

Only my recuperation prevents me from asking for a longer volunteer period, sooner than September. My need to be back there, helping pilgrims is nearly a physical longing. I went through morphine withdrawal in the hospital in March, so I sort of understand this feeling. I NEED to be back there.

I hope to see many of you there. Get vaccinated, follow the Spanish rules for entering Spain, and make your plans accordingly.

Ultreia!

Tom
 
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I just noticed an email from the ACC, asking for my volunteering. Must sort out my plans first.
 

Albertagirl

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There will be a need for volunteer hospitaleros as well. I shall be in Spain from mid-September to the end of November this year, but I have decided not to volunteer. I have two years of walking to do. And with my new knee, I may walk a little more slowly than normal. But I hope to volunteer next year. Ultreia!
 

TinaPEI

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I am happy to hear you are doing well. Offering it up is so hard for me, I am a wimp! I hope you are better at it than I! Lol. I would love to volunteer one day, but I ama French teacher and would like to inprove my French. Does anyone know how to volunteer at the pilgrim's office in SJPdP?
 

t2andreo

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2022
I recommend you contact 'MonaSP' That is her forum ID. Mona is the manager of the Pilgrim Office at Saint Jean Pied de Port. My experience is that she is very responsive and pleasant.

Actually, I am interested in the process as well.

Ultreia!

Tom
 
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Hello all!

I recently received this notice from the ACC (Acogida Cristiana en los Caminos de Santiago) regarding the volunteer program, both at some albergues and at the Pilgrim Office in Santiago. As you know the program was necessarily shut down when the world went into lockdown early in 2020. I last worked there in August 2019.

Now, as the world restarts, and the Camino comes alive, the daily arrival numbers at the Pilgrim Office are quickly rising. The ACC and office management are getting ready for what will likely be a very busy July, August and September. The 2021 annual numbers will be very low compared to a pre-pandemic year. But, the summer period in 2021 is likely to see a lot of released pent up demand.

Personally, I have asked for a volunteer stint in September, as I am still recuperating from a very serious illness.

If you are interested, here is the URL: https://mailchi.mp/6bb3421d7ea3/voluntariado-acc-2021?e=3769cc0d06

BTW, the volunteer in the photo is our own Tim S. from Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a personal friend and we have volunteered together several times.

My take away from this is that we are getting back to normal poco a poco.

Ultreia!

Tom
Glad you are better! And back here.
 
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Hola @t2andreo . G'Day Tom and yes a very warm welcome back to the Forum. (You be a good boy from now on you hear??).
Jenny advised us at Saturday's Sydney Pilgrims that you returned.

Now for the new - glad to hear that the Santiago Pilgrim Office is back up and running (soon). I was scheduled to volunteer there in Oct 2020, but of course those plans went out the window. I have "plans" to return to walk the Porto Camino sometime in 2022. So I will continue my Spanish lessons and try to pin down some dates to do that volunteering. Cheers from Down Under.
 
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Hola Tom - my first reply was before I had read through all the other "warm and friendly" greetings. So sorry to hear about your problem. I join my other pilgrim amigos in wishing a speedy and total recovery. Cheers
 
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