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Volunteering as a Hospitalero


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You can offer your help directly to the refuge - a list of refuges can be found at http://www.jacobeo.net/ refugios

Here are some other sites which will assist you in becoming a volunteer:
1. http://www.csj.uk
Rabanal: Refugio Gaucelmo - If you would like to be considered as a possible warden, please e-mail the Rabanal Warden's Corodinator at alisonsp@doctors.org.uk
Miraz – Camino Norte: If you are interested in serving as a warden at Miraz (we still have a few vacancies for 2007, and will be glad to sign you up for 2008), please contact the Miraz Wardens' Coordinator. There will be a training workshop for potential wardens in October 2007. m-wardens(at)csj.org.uk

2. http://www.caminosantiago.org/cpperegri ... hosvol.pdf This is the Federation of Associations on the Camino who will have a volunteer form. E-Mail: hosvol@caminosantiago.org

3. Leon: The albergue, "Das Animas" (the Souls) in Ambasmestas, Leon is sponsored by the Friends of The Camino de Santiago in Ambasmestas and is looking for hospitaleros. Those interested in applying may send an email to: das_animas@hotmail.com

4. http://www.caminhodesantiago.com There is a call for volunteer hospitaleros issued by the Asociacion de Voluntarios en albergues del Camino de Santiago (Association of Camino de Santiago volunteers).

5. http://www.jacobeo.net (Same as above)

6. ruavieja@asantiago.org The Friends of the Way of Santiago of the Rioja region coordinate the hospitaleros in the refuge of Logroño.

7. http://www.americanpilgrims.com Go to Join, scoll to volunteer. American Pilgrims have an annual gathering including a training workshop for future volunteer hospitaleros.

8. Write to Acacio da Paz voluntarioscamino@ yahoo.es http://www.caminhodesantiago.com

In France, especially the refuges in Conques, Estaing and Moissac are often looking for hospitaliers for about a fortnight. You might be useful on the roads from Tours, Vézelay or Arles also.
Accueil Saint Jacques at St Jean Pied-de-Port: Please write to them (in French) if you are interested in acting as a volunteer.

M Jean-Claude Nogues (Canditature Accueillant),
Accueil des pelerins de St-Jacques,
39 rue de la Citadelle,

A week at St Jean will do wonders for your French; you will meet a good many pilgrims, and will have the satisfaction of helping them before they embark on the hardest single day of the journey; and you'll have a good deal of fun.
The following is a translation of the "job description" given out to prospective volunteers for the Accueil.

• You need to be available for pilgrims from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., with a 2-hour break for lunch.
• You welcome pilgrims, and give them all the information they need about accommodation, the route, the weight they are carrying (they can do what they like, but most learn quickly enough the uses of the French and Spanish postal services), local shops and repair facilities.
• St Jean being a tourist town, you will also be giving passing holiday-makers information about the camino (there may well be future pilgrims among them).
• You need to be tactful and modest: this is not the place for acting the old soldier.
• You're a volunteer: you pay your own fare to St Jean, and for your own food, though accommodation is provided (there are 3 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds, in premises provided to us by the municipality).
• You share the cooking with the other volunteers. Similarly, you share the responsibility for keeping the place clean and tidy (though the main housework is done by a cleaning lady who comes once a week).

Please write to us (in French) if you are interested in acting as a volunteer, giving:

• Your exact address
• Your telephone number (including the international code)
• The languages you can speak (with your level of proficiency)
• The weeks (Monday to Monday) between 1st March and 30th November 2004 when you could be available

M Jean-Claude Nogues (Canditature Accueillant),
Accueil des pelerins de St-Jacques,
39 rue de la Citadelle,

Vezelay Route: The very active Vézelay Association has been developing refuges along that route, and is anxious to recruit wardens, for a fortnight at a time. Contact w.griffiths@ukonline.co.uk for more information.

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