Volunteering On the Camino
Many of us who walk the Camino and are forever changed by the journey wonder if there are ways to stay connected to the Camino, and if there is a way to give back. The answer is "Yes." Towns and cities around the world have pilgrim groups that meet on a regular schedule to encourage one another in living into their Camino lessons and to help those wanting to go for the first time. Our home town of Charlotte, NC is a city that has monthly meetings like this. We also have enjoyed giving back by volunteering our time with a non-profit group helping pilgrims in Santiago. More and more opportunities like this are available to seasoned pilgrims in towns along the Camino.
It is in this same spirit of helping one another that we founded Camino Provisions, an online resource to serve returning and future pilgrims. Future pilgrims can find out what they want to know in order to make the journey, and returning pilgrims can share their stories and help others through our Photo & Story Contests.
We just met some "fresh-off-the-Camino" American pilgrims here in Santiago on Monday, and as we chatted with them about their experiences we agreed that it would take time to process all that happens on your Camino journey. Whether you walk 1000k or the final 100k, your impressions, your pain, your walking companions from other nations continue to impact you. My first Camino walk was in 2007, and I still reflect on and learn from my experiences and the people I met on that trip. Now, many Caminos later, we can say that about each trip, whether we walked or volunteered. If you are interested in ways to volunteer on the Camino, write to us at Info@CaminoProvisions.com. We will send you contact info for some groups we know who welcome volunteers.
Even if you cannot travel back to Spain to volunteer, your stories and photos can still encourage and inform others. We hope that you will consider sharing a part of your story through our Camino Provisions Contests. We will be awarding hundreds of dollars in Amazon Gift Cards to winners in several categories, and will publish the winning entries throughout the year on our website. For a limited time we are offering one FREE entry to all of you experienced pilgrims. Use the discount code: EnterOneFree. Our unsophisticated entry system asks for credit card information, even when you use the discount code. Our payment system is secure, and you will only be charged if you enter more than once. I will leave you with the link to the page of our website where you can enter. Buen Camino! http://www.caminoprovisions.com/contests/