Jo arrive at El Burgos Ranero
I walked for 4 days to get to El Burgos Ranero for my hopsitaleros duty so I could remember what it felt like to arrive as a pilgrim again.
What is a Hospitaleros: To simplify the meaning, a hospitaleros is a voulunteer host of the house (or alburgue as they are called on the Camino.
Many people who have walked the Camino would like to "give back to the Camino", one way they can do this is by been a volunteer hospitaleros.
This will involve providing a warm and sincere welcome to all pilgrims. Sometimes it will involve listening, sometimes conversing. It will mean being a resource for advice on such matters as first aid or other medical care (not necessarily actually dispensing care), knowing where to buy supplies, when and where church services will be held, what lies ahead on the trail. You may find yourself in the role of confessor, psychologist or advisor. You may become responsible for organizing evening meals for any number of hungry pilgrims.
You will be up with the peregrinos in the morning and you may turn out the lights in the late evening.
And there will of course be washing sheets, cleaning toilets and showers, mopping floors, sweeping outdoor areas.
Hospitaleros training is open to pilgrims who have already been on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
Contact Julie Milne
Go to http://www.australianhospitaleros.org/and use the Contact Us form on the website to register your interest. Include your nearest capital city in the email to facilitate course scheduling.