If you want to stretch your sense of what is possible physically, mentally, and spiritually, then join InterVarsity Study Abroad for a week in Spain where you will join history by walking the Way of St. James, one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in Europe.
As the sun rises higher in the sky, you discover that the rhythm of feet walking ancient roads was a sound your soul was craving to hear. You’ve made the exchange of pavement for dirt paths, phones pinging for birds chirping, and luxuries for bare necessities, which has given your typical racing thoughts ample space for reflection.
The physical and mental challenge of these 100 kilometers is so much more than an analogy for life—it’s propelling you onward to Santiago de Compostela and the next step on your journey of faith...
What is possible by the end of Journey Spain?
- You realize you are capable of going far beyond your comfort zone when the perseverance required is rooted in God and community, and not just your own willpower.
- You’ve not only trod the same steps as pilgrims who sought to honor St. James after his death, you’ve learned from disciples’ stories of life spent with Jesus in the Holy Land.
- You see how shedding the “extras” you carry through life allows you to enter more deeply into community and to listen more attentively to what needs to happen in you in order for you to have an impact on your world.
- You’ve met all kinds of people on the Camino—rich and poor, strong and weak, important or not—and acknowledge all are fellow pilgrims on the way.
- You’ll enter into the mystery of why people have been drawn to the Camino for hundreds of years, no matter their faith background.
- You’ll walk 6-8 hours per day on a path that’s always changing—rustic villages, hills and fields, stretches of tree covering—with a God who never changes.
- You’ll likely begin seeking one thing, only to find that the Camino has a way of revealing what really needs to happen inside you.
- You’ll rely on the hospitality and encouragement of others when your feet are sore and your stomach is grumbling.
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When is Journey Spain?
Saturday, April 4 through Friday, April 10, 2020 (Holy Week, Semana Santa)
Where is it?
The primitive route of the Camino de Santiago, from Lugo to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
When should I arrive?
Plan to arrive at the Albergue de Lugo by 4pm on Saturday.
How much does it cost to attend?
The price for Journey Spain ranges from $395 to $445 depending on when the attendee registers for the event. See below for details on receiving a scholarship of up to $250.
What is included?
Journey Spain includes housing from Friday night through Wednesday night. Meals are provided beginning with breakfast on Saturday through breakfast on Thursday morning.
What if I need to cancel?
The $85 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
What is housing like?
There are special hostels only for Camino pilgrims called albergues de peregrinos, which means “shelters for pilgrims.” The albergues are similar to hostels, but very simple. Travelers stay in dormitory style rooms and share bathroom facilities; however, the albergues may not have bed linens, towels, or soap. Some albergues have common areas and internet connections; most have laundry sinks to wash your clothes.
What should I pack?
Pack light and in a backpack with a waist strap. You’ll be carrying everything as you walk, so keep that in mind. Here is a basic list of items to pack:
- Lightweight sleeping bag, or sheets & a blanket
- Hiking shoes, preferably worn in
- 2 pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks, not cotton athletic socks
- Hiking pants or leggings or athletic pants
- 1 long-sleeve non-cotton wicking shirt
- 1 short-sleeve non-cotton wicking shirt
- 1 fleece
- Waterproof jacket
- Poncho or rain cover
- 3-6 pairs of underwear
- 2-4 sports bras (women)
- 1 hat
- 1 scarf and 1 pair of gloves, if you tend to get cold
- Shower shoes
- Journal and pen
- Card game, if desired
- Earplugs, if you are a sensitive sleeper
- Bible is optional, since leaders will have printouts of scripture
- Headphones, if you want to listen to music
- Antibacterial hand gel
Which airport should I fly into?
You can fly into any of these airports and then plan your bus or train accordingly.
- A Coruna: It’s also called La Coruna. You’ll then need to take an hour-long bus ride to Lugo. This is the closest entry point to Lugo.
- Madrid: You’ll then need to take a bus and/or train for 6-7 hours to Lugo.
- Santiago de Compostela
- Porto, Portugal
How can I get from the airport to the hostel/starting point?
The hostel you’ll be staying in the first night is the Albergue de Lugo. Getting there depends on where you fly into, but you will likely need to take a bus to Lugo from any city. You can look at Rome2Rio for possible routes, and/or let us know which airport you plan to fly into and we'll be happy to help you figure out the rest of your transportation to Lugo.
Can I stay in Spain longer?
You are welcome to stay longer in Spain, either before or after Journey! You will need to book your own hostel for any additional nights.
How do I pay my balance after registering?
After registering, the balance may be paid by logging back into your registration through this link. A week before the event, the remaining balance will be automatically deducted from the credit or debit card with which you registered.
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SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS: Receive up to $250 off Journey Spain
All students are eligible to receive scholarships toward the cost of attending Journey Spain. In order to apply for a scholarship, answer the following three questions:
1. How has your faith been impacted (positively or negatively) by your study abroad experience so far? If you don't identify as a person of faith, how has study abroad challenged your worldview and search for meaning? (1-2 paragraphs)
2. What areas of your life would you like to pay more attention to as you walk the Way of St. James? (1-2 paragraphs)
3. How much scholarship money would help you attend Journey Spain? (Don't be shy!)
>> Click here to email your sponsorship application answers
ADVANCE RATE: $395 (€280*)
Rate valid until Friday, March 6. Register until 11:59 CST.
STANDARD RATE: $445 (€325*)
Rate valid until Friday, March 20. Register until 11:59 CST.
To register, you must pay a $85 non-refundable deposit.
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*approximate cost listed in Euros for European international students. Students with non-American credit/debit cards should be able to register/pay as long as your bank supports payment in US dollars.