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.