Serving on the Camino

Many pilgrims feel they are part of a stream of humanity, or even a flow of history, moving ever westward to Santiago. As an hospitalero, you become a rock in that stream. The rock stays in place and a drop of water hesitates briefly and then moves on, leaving the rock to interact with the next drop and the next. You provide a resting place where fellow pilgrims can stop to renew themselves in body, mind and spirit.

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 trainings in 2022:  Stanchfield, MN in June; Colorado Springs, CO in September;  and on the West Coast in November.  We are still putting together sites and specific dates and will publish these here as soon as we have them. 

Our next training will be held in Stanchfield, MN June 17-19, 2022. Follow this link for more information and to register: June 2022 Hospitalero Training Session

Please check back for updates on other 2022 training sessions. If you are a member of American Pilgrims, you'll be notified automatically when we schedule training sessions.

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

  • have walked at least any 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 04/11/22