5th Anniversary Fundraising Walk:
Talk while you Walk
To celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the establishment of the Programme of Armenian Studies, we are organising a long-distance continental walk with three distinct purposes in mind:
1. To fundraise for the institution’s longevity and forthcoming projects
2. To raise awareness of and promote the use of Western Armenian
3. To provide Western Armenian lessons in a fun and adventurous environment surrounded by spectacular scenery
This initiative will start on Saturday 26th August and will end on Tuesday 3rd October.
Whilst traversing the medieval pilgrim route, otherwise known as the “Camino de Santiago” from the French Pyrenees to the Spanish shores of the Atlantic Ocean, participants will engage in Western Armenian conversations.
Bear in mind that it is not mandatory for participants to traverse the entire demarcated route: rather, the “Talk while you Walk” initiative provides them with the opportunity to join in as and when they can.
The Director of the Programme of Armenian Studies, Dr Krikor Moskofian, has completed this journey in 35 days in the same months (August, September, October) in 2016. Dr Moskofian will be leading the group from start to end.
Conditions of Participation
- be over 18 years old
- be healthy and physically able to traverse the demarcated route
- be able to find a minimum of five donors to donate to the Programme of Armenian Studies, no matter how small their donation may be
- have medical insurance
(The Programme of Armenian Studies is not responsible for any health related complications that may arise during the course of the journey. However we will provide assistance to the best of our ability.)
- All Eastern Armenian speakers must converse in Western Armenian during the duration of this walk.
We would like to remind non-EU participants to consult with their local French and Spanish consulates regarding visa arrangements.
Costings of Participation
For Armenian speaking participants
For participants who will be engaging in Western Armenian conversations on a daily basis, the Programme of Armenian Studies requires a baseline participation donation of £50 which covers up to 100 kilometers of the journey. Any extra kilometers journeyed would warrant a suggested donation of £0.25 per kilometer. This is separate to participants’ spending on living and accommodation expenses.
Those who are exempt to these commitments of donation are:
- Teachers of Western Armenian
- Students of Western Armenian (currently enrolled on a Western Armenian language course)
- Academics in Armenian Studies
- Armenian journalists
- Established Armenian artists
Such participant must still find five donors willing to donate to the Programme of Armenian Studies, no matter how small their donation may be. However, upon this mandatory contribution, any donation that can be made by participants in this category would be greatly appreciated.
For non-Armenian speaking participants
We invite participants accompanying their Armenian-speaking friends on the journey to make a donation of an amount they feel is appropriate, on top of finding five donors willing to donate to the Programme of Armenian Studies, no matter how small this donation is.
Pace of the walk
We will be walking every day, unless in the case of serious emergency.
We will have four days off, in the four big cities of Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Santiago.
All photos below are the intellectual property of Dr Krikor Moskofian. Use of any pictures without prior consent will result in prosecution.
The total distance of travel between the cities, towns, and villages is around 896.7km.
The journey starts from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port (France)
to Burguete (Spain)
Burguete to Zubiri
Zubiri to Pamplona
Pamplona to Puente la Reina
Puente la Reina to Estella
Estella to Los Arcos
Los Arcos to Logroño
Logroño to Nájera
Nájera to Santa Domingo
Santa Domingo to Belorado
Belorado to Atapuerca
Day 13 – 14
Atapuerca to Burgos
Burgos to Hontanas
Hontanas to Boadilla del Camino
Boadilla del Camino to Carrión de los Condes
Carrión de los Condes to Terradillos de los Templarios
Terradillos de los Templarios to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos
Calzadilla de los Hermanillos to Mansilla de las Mulas
Mansilla de las Mulas to León
Villar de Mazarife to Astorga
Astorga to Foncebadón
Foncebadón to Ponferrada
Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo
Villafranca del Bierzo to Laguna de Castilla
Laguna de Castilla to Triacastela
Triacastela to Barbadelo
Barbadelo to Ventas de Narón
Ventas de Narón to Melide
Melide to Arca
Day 34 – 35
Arca to Santiago de Compostela
Santiago del Compostela to Negreira
Negreira to Olveiroa
Olveiroa to Muxia
The journey finishes from Muxia to Finisterre
28km (+ 3.2km to the lighthouse)
ALL prospective participants must contact Dr Krikor Moskofian to highlight their interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This initiative has been organised by Dr Krikor Moskofian (Programme of Armenian Studies, London).
We will release more pictures in the coming months to assist prospective participants in becoming familiar with the environment.
Once again, all photos are property of Dr Krikor Moskofian, use of any pictures without prior consent will result in prosecution.