Next hospitaleros training session in Melbourne will be the weekend of 15-16 February 2020. Please read more details below: 

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. Next training session in Melbourne will be the weekend of 15-16 February 2020. Venue to be decided when sufficient registrations have been received.

Contact Julie Milne via email address:


Go to use the Contact Us form on the website  to register your interest. Include your nearest capital city in the email to facilitate course scheduling.

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