We attended the annual Gathering of the American Pilgrims on the Camino organization, which was held in Winter Park, Florida in late March. We arrived two days early so we we could participate in hospitalero training. Having completed the training qualifies us to volunteer in pilgrim hostels throughout Spain, providing food and shelter to walkers in donativo albergues. These are inns that usually have only the most basic creature comforts, subsist on the donations of travelers, and often excel in promoting informal camaraderie. We shared the fun of the training with a great group of interesting and likable people.
Will we volunteer in one of the refuges? We haven't settled on our plans yet, but are thinking we might take this year to scope out some opportunities with an eye toward volunteering in 2013.