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Volunteering again in Santiago.

2020 Camino Guides

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
Marianne and myself are Volunteering in the "Huiskamer, first floor above the Pilgrimsoffice " from May first til May 15th.
Say hello when you arrive in Santiago at that time.
Wish you well and a Buen Camino. 🙏
Sounds great.

What goes on in a 'Huiskame' :confused:
 

SabineP

Camino = Empathy + Compassion.
Camino(s) past & future
some and then more. see my signature.
Sounds great.

What goes on in a 'Huiskame' :confused:

Here you go @Robo .Different languagegroups have their own gatherings. All have a room upstairs at the Pilgrim's Office. Except for the Germans I believe . They tend to gather at the Cathedral.
I also thought their was an Italian representation but I might be mistaken.


 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
Marianne and myself are Volunteering in the "Huiskamer, first floor above the Pilgrimsoffice " from May first til May 15th.
Say hello when you arrive in Santiago at that time.
Wish you well and a Buen Camino. 🙏
I am planning my 2020 Camino now. I will adjust my dates accordingly...
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Peter, I will finally get to meet you in person this coming May...can't wait! I want to spend a bit of time with you and Marianne over coffee or breaking bread.
 

SabineP

Camino = Empathy + Compassion.
Camino(s) past & future
some and then more. see my signature.
Click on the BLUE LINK in my signature... That takes you to the thread that contains EVERYTHING you need to know...

Hope it helps.

Take into consideration that @mette was referring to volunteering in the Huiskamer.
They work independently from the Oficina.

@mette
You have to be a member of the Dutch Confraternity , having arrived as a pilgrim at least once in Santiago, attending an introduction day and of course some basic social and communication skills.

Every national Confraternity has different rules for volunteering. Some also have their specific albergues where they help out.
 
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Marc S.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012-2018 Frances, Norte, Salvador, Aragones, Portuguese, Via Regia, Elisabethpfad, Jakibspaad.
You have to be a member of the Dutch Confraternity , having arrived as a pilgrim at least once in Santiago, atteding an introduction day and of course some basic social and communication skills.
I suppose that speaking Dutch (or Flemish) is also a condition (as the job is to welcome Dutch - and Flemish - pilgrims), but the website does not actually mention this.
 

SabineP

Camino = Empathy + Compassion.
Camino(s) past & future
some and then more. see my signature.
I suppose that speaking Dutch (or Flemish) is also a condition (as the job is to welcome Dutch - and Flemish - pilgrims), but the website does not actually mention this.

Even then both sides sometimes have difficulties understanding each other because of the strong regional accents...
Except us from " Limburg " of course because we speak a bit slower in general... 🤣
 

Marc S.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012-2018 Frances, Norte, Salvador, Aragones, Portuguese, Via Regia, Elisabethpfad, Jakibspaad.

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
Take into consideration that @mette was referring to volunteering in the Huiskamer.
They work independently from the Oficina.

@mette
You have to be a member of the Dutch Confraternity , having arrived as a pilgrim at least once in Santiago, atteding an introduction day and of course some basic social and communication skills.

Every national Confraternity has different rules for volunteering. Some also have their specific albergues where they help out.

I know. My Dutch friends made me an honorary Nederlander some years ago. Among other things, I assembled most all of their new Ikea furniture in 2016, when I happened to arrive at Santiago off my Camino a week earlier and had time. So, I pitched in and got it done...

Also, Peter and I know each other socially as well.

Whenever I work downstairs, I visit my Dutch friends daily.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Peter, I will finally get to meet you in person this coming May...can't wait! I want to spend a bit of time with you and Marianne
If anyone is transiting through Amsterdam and wants to make friends with the volunteers at Huiskammer, bring them some drop:
:cool::eek:
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
Here you go @Robo .Different languagegroups have their own gatherings. All have a room upstairs at the Pilgrim's Office. Except for the Germans I believe . They tend to gather at the Cathedral.
I also thought their was an Italian representation but I might be mistaken.


And for those who struggle to speak anything but English (i.e. most Brits) there's also an Irish presence - last year the delightful Sister Katherine was there with a plentiful supply of Barry's tea.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
And for those who struggle to speak anything but English (i.e. most Brits) there's also an Irish presence - last year the delightful Sister Katherine was there with a plentiful supply of Barry's tea.
I speak English, but am from the USA, not a Brit, and I and speak very litttle Spanish, etttc.
 
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t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
If anyone is transiting through Amsterdam and wants to make friends with the volunteers at Huiskammer, bring them some drop:
:cool::eek:
This is absolutely true. Except and for some reason, they adore the salty variety, marked SEL. Some years ago, living near Antwerp, I bought some in the railway station confectionary. I thought it was traditional, sweet licorice.

WOW! It is definitely an acquired taste...

If you are prepared for the very salty taste, that is one thing. But if not, one usually feels they made an error in judgement.

The other thing that is ALWAYS welcome are the Lotus branded (or other local NL brands) of Speculaas. These are the oval cinnamon flavored biscuits that are hugely popular in both Belgium and the Netherlands. They are very popular with tea and coffee.

Maria galletas are often used to feed the visiting pilgrims. But a taste of home is always appreciated.

You can find the speculaas biscuits in most grocery stores. IIRC they even sell them at the Froiz in Plaza Toural...

I try to never go to the Huiskamer empty handed...

Hope this helps.
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
Peter, I will finally get to meet you in person this coming May...can't wait! I want to spend a bit of time with you and Marianne over coffee or breaking bread.
When do YOU project you will arrive at Santiago? I am planning to walk a segment of the Via de la Plata in April / May. Still looking at maps and guides...

I will likely start in Sevilla sometime in April, well after the Semana Santa /Easter week surge, and do either half or one third... TBD... The 'boss' will not permit me to try to walk the entire route in one go. That would take sustained six-weeks. She keeps me on a short(ish) tether...

To meet with you, as well as to spend some time with Peter and his wife at the Huiskamer, I will plan to adjust my dates accordingly. I know when he will be there. What about you?

You can send a PM if you wish to move this offline.
 
Camino(s) past & future
9-17: CF-SdC
4-18: SdC - Fisterra
9-18: Hosp Rvalles
4-19: Via Agusta
6-19: Hosp Rvalles
4-20: VdlP
Marianne and myself are Volunteering in the "Huiskamer, first floor above the Pilgrimsoffice " from May first til May 15th.
Say hello when you arrive in Santiago at that time.
Wish you well and a Buen Camino. 🙏
Greetings from the Huiskamer! We are still open until 31 October! Indeed: coffee, tea and a listening ear.
 

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