Online: Northern California Chapter, Basic Spanish for the Camino

Mar 12, 2023 1:30PM—3:00PM



Event Contact Guy Joaquin | Email


If you are preparing for your Camino, this class offers an opportunity to learn and practice the Spanish you are likely to use as your travel through Spain. Whether you know very little Spanish or perhaps want a refresher and some practice, our Basic Spanish for the Camino may be the right class for you.

These classes will be Zoom meetings in which we will focus on the language and specific situations that, as a pilgrim, you are likely to encounter on the Camino. You will learn about culture, history, food, wine and many other day-to-day aspects of Spanish life, with the objective of increasing your language skills. Familiarity with the Spanish spoken in Spain will make the cultural transition easier for you and ultimately pay off with more satisfying human interactions along the Camino. Our meetings will be informal, comfortable and geared to making the review of Spanish an enjoyable experience.

Teachers: Emilio Escudero and Kelly Bates will lead the classes. Both are fluent in Spanish, have walked the Camino and know the culture well. Emilio will focus on Castilian Spanish, the Spanish you can expect to hear along the Camino. Emilio is an active participant in the Northern California Chapter and a former board member of American Pilgrims on the Camino. Kelly is a retired high school Spanish teacher and passionate about all things Camino. She will guide the supplemental Spanish language practice sessions.

Class: The Sunday classes will focus on specific topics and provide ample opportunity for discussion and questions. The following Monday classes will provide exercises that put into practice the topics presented the day before. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required and there is no charge for taking the class. The class size is limited to 30 participants. Priority will be given to those who are members of American Pilgrims and can commit to attending all 4 class meetings.


  • Sunday Classes: Four consecutive Sunday afternoons (March 12, 19, 26 and April 2) from 1:30 to 3:00 PM (Pacific DST). Note: Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins on March 12.
  • Monday Classes: Supplemental Spanish language practice sessions will be held on the following Mondays (March 13, 20, 27 and April 3) from 4:00 to 5:00 PM (Pacific DST).

Where: Links to the Zoom meetings will be sent once registration is confirmed. Reminders for the individual meetings will be sent a few days before the meetings.

Text: The handbook used for the class is a 100-page document that includes information about navigating the Camino, tips on eating in Spain, a list of dishes commonly found on Spanish menus, an extensive vocabulary specific to the Camino, exercise dialogues and more. The handbook will be sent as a PDF document once registration is confirmed. You are encouraged to print your own handbook and have it available for class. For anyone wanting to purchase the printed and spiral bound handbook, they will be available at cost for about $24. The exact cost, which covers printing, binding and postage, will be announced soon. If you would like a copy, please place your order when you register because only the requested number will be printed.

Registration: As a benefit of membership, we are first accepting registrations from persons who are current members of American Pilgrims. Membership in our Facebook groups and/or being on our chapter email list does not automatically confer membership in American Pilgrims. Please be sure that your membership is current BEFORE registering so that you are listed in the member database. If you wish to join, renew, check your status or look up your account number (you will need it to register), go to our membership page. If space is still available by the week of February 26, registration will be open to all.