A warm welcome to our Irish friends and colleagues, another non-denominational organisation which encompasses all of Ireland.
If you’re in North America you may like to visit the site of our fellow organisation in the USA which came into being in 2004; they train hospitaleros, organise Pilgrim Gatherings across North America and publish a newsletter “La Concha”. Their listserve address is gocamino*oakapple.net. (replace the * with @, shown like this to reduce spam).
The site of the Canadian Association, another non-denominational volunteer-run organisation.
A good basic site intended mainly for French-speaking pilgrims from Québec.
A voluntary organisation, which issues a publication “Amigos” three times per year and a quarterly newsletter “Hola”. They have six regional chapters.
Australia & New Zealand
The Australian Friends of the Camino Inc. is approved as an official “Amigos” organisation and is now in a position to issue an Australian Pilgrim Credential to its financial members.
- Pilgrims in Sydney An informal support group for Camino pilgrims in Sydney who hold regular meetings and who now offer hospitalero training.
- CSJ guidebooks available from Trek & Travel, 447 Kent Street, Sydney 2000. Tel 9261 3435
- Courses on the Camino de Santiago available in Sydney.
- Canberra Friends of the Camino de Santiago An informal group to enable people from the Australian Capital Territory who have walked the Camino or similar pilgrim routes to share their experiences.
- An informal group of over 80 people that meet monthly for food and wine. Contact camino.melbourne*yahoo.com.au (replace * with @, shown like this to avoid spam). The group now has c 200 members and meets informally for dinner and drinks monthly, usually on the last Friday of the month, in or close to the city.
Classes/workshops are held twice a year in both Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) and New Zealand during January/February and July/August. Please see the website for further details.
The Federation which unites all the Spanish Amigos del Camino. It also describes itself however as a Guía Virtual, and is full of useful information (all in Spanish, but use Google Translate or similar).It also contains contacts for helping in the refuges as a hospitalero/a.
The site of the association of Amigos in Galicia, useful for up-to-date information about developments, new refuges, etc, in the region. In Spanish and Gallego.
The site of the oldest of the Jacobean Associations, in Paris, and incidentally the association from which the Confraternity itself sprang, in 1983. All in French.
An association set up by the three regions of Acquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées, and Languedoc-Rousillon for the promotion of the cultural and touristic aspects of the pilgrimage: the site is entirely in French.
Predominantly in French (though with a link to an English-speaking “web-hospitaller”) this internet assocation will be particularly helpful to people wishing to undertake the pilgrimage in a specifically Christian spirit.
For some years we have been particularly friendly with les Amis de Chemin de St Jacques des Pyrénées Atlantiques, on whose patch the first three of the great French routes meet, and whose special contribution to the pilgrimage has been the Accueil St Jacques at 39 rue de la Citadelle in St Jean-Pied-de-Port. Here volunteers from the local association, and from many other of the European associations, welcome and help pilgrims coming from further afield, or starting their journey in St Jean, and facing the challenge of the 1,200 metre climb on the following day.
The site of the Association des Amis de Saint Jacques et d’Etudes Compostellanes de la Voie de Vézelay. An intensely serious site from a group of people dedicated to revitalising both the authentic Vézelay route, and the true spirit of pilgrimage.
An informative site, with detailed route descriptions (some more direct than the GRs) centered on Chartres and covering the département of Eure et Loire.
This site lists routes heading south across Brittany, including a new one called le Chemin des Plantagenêts, leading down into Anjou.
Both the le Puy and Arles routes pass through the Gers department; this is the site of the local Association.
The site, in French and German, of the Swiss Association.
The site of the German Association: mostly in German, but with some information about the Association itself in English.
The website of our colleagues in Holland: a nice site, entirely in Dutch.
This site gives information about the Santiago pilgrimage to prospective pilgrims from Norway, and also information on pilgrim routes in Norway itself. In Norwegian but with an English button option.
This very large site, mainly in Portuguese, has a few pages in English.