Our Impact

Our Mission Statement

Supporting the walkways of the world, while bringing Camino spirit to people along the way.

As a for-profit public benefit corporation, Camino for Good balances mission with profits. Our current mission is to help Camino de Santiago albergues survive this period of hardship until the Camino fully reopens and their income from serving pilgrims returns. We do this by providing financial support in the form of relief funds that help cover fixed expenses, including rent, electricity, and water.

$74,600 USD

given in relief funds to date!

Why Camino for Good?

  • We commit that 75% of our net income goes towards relief funds for Camino de Santiago albergues (hostels)
  • The CfG founders have all walked Caminos. We understand that albergues are always there for you when you arrive at their door, dirty and exhausted after a day-long hike. Now, it’s our turn to be there for them.
  • Our goal is to send enough relief funds to albergue owners so they can cover their basic living expenses during this challenging time. Hopefully, this will give them the needed boost to be ready to reopen when hikers return.
  • Walking the Virtual Camino will inspire you physically and spiritually. Above all, you’ll know that you’re helping the Camino survive this difficult period with each step you take.

Effects of COVID-19 on the Camino

The global pandemic has deeply affected both pilgrims and albergue owners. International and domestic travel within Spain is severely restricted, which leaves hostel owners with no income and pilgrims with no refuge.

Hikers from around the world of all ages are able to complete this long journey thanks to the giving spirit of Camino albergues, many of which are donation only. But now, many albergues find themselves in a dire financial situation as they approach an entire year of little to no income. For instance, many are unable to cover basic living expenses. Some are unsure whether they will be able to open ever again. In light of these challenges, our mission is to keep the Camino Spirit alive by sending relief funds to these struggling albergues. We hope that they can continue their passion for supporting hikers along the Camino as a result.

Relief Fund Recipients

Ana Mari Barrios Carmona
Albergue Van Gogh
Zafra, Spain

Acacio & Orietta
Refugio de Peregrinos
Violoria de Rioja

Jessica & Marijn Voogt
Albergue Ecologico el Beso
Lugo, Spain

Manuel Santos
Villa San Clemente
Tui, Spain

Bruno Bernoni
Albergue San Bruno
Moratinos, Spain

Mike de Ayala
La Rosa del Agua
Acebo, Spain

Susi Swain & Fermin
Casa Susi
Trabadelo, Spain

Ernesto Diaz
Casa de las Sonrisas
Grañón, Spain

Albergue Turistico Salceda
Salceda, Spain

Marcelo Ramos Einloft
Albergue a Casina di Marcello
Palas de Rei, Spain

Enrico Biolcati
Albergue Dois Caminhos
Valada, Portugal

Paula Castro
Quinta da Burra
Porto de Muge, Portugal

Pierre Tremblay
Albergue Emaus en Burgos
Burgos, Spain

Natan de Souza
La Fuente Albergue
Liginde, Spain

Jan Bouwman
Oasis Trails
Villamayor de Monjardin, Spain

Lalo Alvarez
Albergue El Paso
Vega de Valcarce

Maria Cecilla
Casa Licerio
Samos, Spain

Albergue Fontenonaya
Salas, Spain

Filiberto & Lili
Albergue Turistico de Sabre
Cubo de Tierra Del Vino, Spain

Javier Maderuelo
Albergue Camynos
Ambasmestas, Spain

Kim Narenkivicius
The Stone Boat
Rabanal de Camino, Spain

Neill Le Roux
The Abbey
Ilarrate, Spain

Juanma & Paloma
Albergue Cirauqui – Casa Maralotx
Cirauqui, Spain

Albergue Casa de Carmen
Barbadelo, Spain

Get to know these wonderful hospitaleros

Read albergue owner stories and thank you messages on the Camino for Good blog

Do you know an albergue owner?

Camino for Good reviews relief fund applications on a rolling basis. If you know of an albergue owner in need of assistance please direct them to our application. Thank you!