Canadians Volunteering in Spain

Why Canadians LOVE Volunteering in Spain

Why Canadians LOVE Volunteering - the Physical, Mental and Social Benefits of Volunteering, and Where You Can Volunteer in Spain This Year!

Volunteering is a fundamental part of Canadian society, as teenagers in some provinces are allowed to do volunteer work in exchange for credits, and teens in other provinces are even required to do volunteer work in order to graduate from high school. The reason is based on the fact that Canadians believe volunteering is a powerful tool that helps students become good citizens,  and ultimately kinder people who are more deeply concerned with societal issues.

A 2018 survey conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs discovered that Canadians highly value volunteering. 87% of those polled believed that society would suffer without volunteers, and 75% believed that the economy would suffer without their help.

The importance of this altruistic activity is such that in 2010, 13.3 million people - that is, 47% of the population aged 15 years and older - volunteered. They spent almost 2.07 million hours in volunteer activities, a volume of work that is equivalent to almost 1.1 million days of full work!

The support network that exists is so great that Canadians often volunteer  simply because others do, becoming an activity that is done among friends, neighbors and family.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

The benefits of volunteering extend across all levels of society. Research has shown that volunteering achieves "social cohesion" or "social capital" through the union of people from different backgrounds who work on a common project or objective - for example by increasing social trust, reciprocity and feeling of belonging to a community (Wu 2011).

Volunteering benefits both volunteers and taxpayers. For example, volunteers acquire skills and knowledge such as: the ability to handle different issues, improve communication, increase knowledge of political and social issues, or build leadership skills. This doesn’t cost companies or the government any money, and benefits society greatly. In this way, taxpayers and the economy actually benefit from volunteers’ boosted skills and abilities.

Some research has shown that volunteering can even benefit both the physical and mental health of volunteers and the people they serve. (Jenkinson et al, 2013)

Why Volunteer in Galicia? Why “El Camino”?

Canadians represent 1.54% of pilgrims (year 2018), and “El Camino” is great place to help people while getting to know a great country in a beautiful location like Galicia.

The volunteers, supported by the owner of the hostel (called “alberguero”), will assist pilgrims by providing:

  • Information about the hostel and the village where it is located
  • Support to help resolve pilgrims’ questions
  • Guided tours to the main historical places in the town or surrounding natural areas

If you want to be part of this amazing volunteer opportunity, check out further information and forms at:


“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.