Giving Something Back

So, you’ve made it all the way Santiago. You have your compostela or certificado and after the months of preparation and effort, it’s all over.

When you first arrive in Santiago you may feel elated, dejected, relieved, disappointed, serene, excited, or a mixture of all of these and more. Don’t worry – it’s normal!

When you return home, you may feel somehow out of step with the real world and a bit lost or empty.  Some people refer to this as “Post-Camino Syndrome”.

You might feel like you want to stay connected to the camino in your everyday life. The good news is there are many ways you can do that.  We call it “giving something back”.

In the pages in this section we show you how to give back from the moment you arrive in Santiago and after you’ve returned home, to keep your long-term connection to your experiences as a camino pilgrim.


Confraternity of Saint James,
27 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY, United Kingdom.
Tel: (+44) (0)20 7928 9988
Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered no. 4096721 — UK Registered Charity no. 1091140
Founded in 1983 to promote the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela

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