January 13, 2004

Volunteer hosts

More than 10 years ago, this project was put into place for former pilgrims to help welcome and care for current pilgrims. Over the course of these years, thousands of volunteers have given the Camino a unique appearance.

The Spanish Federation of Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago coordinates the Volunteer Hosts of the Camino de Santiago program. A basic requirement is to have done, in some way, the pilgrimage to Santiago. Volunteers receive nothing for their work, except a place to sleep. They must pay for their trip and other expenses. They cannot even expect food, although in some places it is given to them and there is always a kitchen available so that it is not so expensive for the volunteers. Normally, the host assignments are for two weeks at a time and they always go to refuges that are free of charge to pilgrims and only ask for a voluntary donation. For more information, go to the Federation’s website www.caminosantiago.org or email us at hosvol@caminosantiago.or or call us at 941-245674.

In addition to the Federation, there are other places that also accept hosts. These are private refuges or refuges from other associations. If you need more information about being a volunteer host in a specific refuge, you can contact us.

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