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Volunteer Practical Work On The Camino?

Discussion in 'Camino Frances' started by ChristopherX, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. ChristopherX

    ChristopherX New Member

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    Hello everyone,
    On February 15th, I finished my first Camino Frances. Obviously, a lot of work goes into maintaining the Way: clearing tree-falls, cutting back vegetation, repainting the yellow arrows, maintaining drainage ditches, cleaning up some of the graffiti, etc. I would love to return to the Camino sometime soon to help with this work on a voluntary basis. Does anyone if there are organisations I might contact to explore this idea further?
     
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    Google "Rebekah Scott" "ditch pigs" and you'll find a worthy group to support. They clean sections of the Frances every year.
     
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    I know about two organizations, but both of them are more centered in the work of hospitalero. If you are interested in that you can contact them. If not, may be they can tell you about other organizations.

    The two I know are:
    http://www.caminosantiago.org/cpperegrino/hospitaleros/cursos.asp
    http://acogidacristianaenloscaminosdesantiago.org/

    I think that both sites are in Spanish .... OK, google translate :):)

    Anyhow, I think that you can email them in English without any problem.

    Buen Camino & Ultreia!!
     
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    I'm not familiar with any organizations that facilitate volunteer work, but will mention an informal way to help. We walked the full camino frances last fall with my brother and his wife. They were surprised about how much trash and clutter existed along the camino trail. They were not carrying heavy backpacks since they sent a large duffle bag ahead each day via Jako-trans. On two or three days, they decided to pick up trash along the trail during their full day's hike. They each had a small plastic bag, and it was pretty easy to pick up debris during their walk, then dump this at the next rest area. Bob
     
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    Hmmm, there's food for thought. Away from cities and towns, I could imagine the 'guerilla' method being a possibility. Thanks
     
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    That sounds like a great idea. If every peregrino did that, even with a small refuse sack, then the Camino would be a whole lot cleaner. There are of course some items you wouldn't want to pick up!
     
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