The new edition of the Voluntary Hospitallers on the Camino de Santiago starts up in the hostel of Ribadiso

  • A total of 18 American volunteers will carry out work involving the welcoming and accompanying at this establishment of the French Way until September.
  • This endeavour, which now completes its third edition, is fostered by the Xacobeo and the American Pilgrims on the Camino association.
    This year it is planned to incorporate volunteers of other nationalities into other hostels of the public network.
  • Up until now this year, more than 50,000 pilgrims, almost 21% more than last year at this time, have reached Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela, May 15, 2017

One more year, the ‘Hospitallers on the Camino' programme started in the hostel of A Coruña Ribadiso (Arzúa), in which a total of 18 volunteers will carry out work involving welcoming and accompanying until the end of September at this establishment on the French Way.

After the success of the previous two editions, the endeavours fostered by the Xacobeo and by the United States Friends of the Camino Association, American Pilgrims on the Camino, completes its third edition this year with the intention to again reinforce the welcoming of pilgrims and strengthen the multinational dimension of the Camino de Santiago.

In recent years, this hospitality programme is giving rise to much interest among the members of this United States association, thus, this year it is planned that ‘Hospitallers’ from other associations, such as Holland, can be incorporated in other hostels over the next few months.

The ‘Voluntary Hospitallers’ was created three years ago in order to improve the welcoming given to the pilgrims who travel the pilgrimage routes in Galicia, collaborating with the ‘hostel staff ' in this special work involved in the Jacobean Pilgrimage and which constitutes one of the values which identify the Camino de Santiago.

It is not a question of carrying out hostel maintenance work but is especially intended to welcome the pilgrims, share their experiences and participate in their concerns. The final objective is to achieve that the pilgrims, especially those from abroad, feel more at home in the establishments of the public network of hostels.

More than 3,000 beds in the hostels

The Public Network of Hostels is currently composed of 69 establishments with more than 3,000 accommodation places along the itineraries of the Camino de Santiago. The creation of this network is the tangible effect of Jacobean solidarity and hospitality.

Until now this year, the total number of pilgrims exceeded 50,000, which supposes an increase of almost 21% as compared to the same date last year. As regards the foreign pilgrims, most come from Germany, followed by Portugal, Italy and the United States.