Serving on the Camino

I met hundreds of pilgrims from all over the world. I swept floors, cleaned bathrooms, and coordinated meals.  I listened to amazing pilgrims’ stories. I worked sixteen hours a day, was exhausted at the end of it all, and I’d do it again in a minute! -- E. Green


Those who have gone from walking the Camino to serving as hospitaleros say this experience is in every sense a Camino of its own.

Watch this YouTube video where our members talk about the training and the impact it has had.

How Can I Train as an Hospitalero Through American Pilgrims?

American Pilgrims’ Hospitalero Training Program is excited to be on the move again!  Albergues are opening, pilgrims are walking and hospitaleros are needed.

Upcoming training sessions in 2022: Colorado Springs, CO September 9-11; and on the West Coast in November (dates still to be determined). We are still putting together sites and specific dates for 2023 and will publish these here as soon as we have them.

Our next training will be held in Colorado Springs, CO Sept. 9-11, 2022.

Follow this link for more information and to register for the September training session. The training is open only to current members of American Pilgrims.

If you are a member of American Pilgrims, you'll be notified automatically by email when we schedule training sessions.

To be eligible for training as an hospitalero, applicants must:

  • have walked at least 100 kilometers (or biked any 200 kilometers) on the Camino;
  • be at least 18 years old at the time of the training;
  • have spent an overnight in at least three non-private (municipal, parochial or association-run) albergues on the Camino;
  • Be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and received a booster shot; and
  • be a current member of American Pilgrims. (Follow this link to verify your membership.)

Still have questions? Contact the hospitalero training team at

Rev 08/08/22