In Experiential Learning, School of Communications

News media students from BYU’s School of Communications traveled to Spain with three professors to film a documentary on the Camino de Santiago in a mentored-learning experience. (Courtesy of Natasha Ramirez)

BYU communications students recently released a documentary filmed in Spain about the famous network of pilgrimages — Camino de Santiago

Five students and three professors from the BYU School of Communications traveled to Spain to capture the experience of BYU Spanish language majors walking the Camino de Santiago, a network of pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in northwestern Spain. 

The footage they took was compiled into a documentary about the Camino de Santiago, why people walk it and what it means to be a pilgrim. The 16-minute video, “Footsteps of Faith on the Camino de Santiago,” was released on Sept. 9. 

Our communications students conducted themselves so professionally. They were passionate about the project and hardworking,” said Cressman. “We were very fortunate to have this experience. I believe it begins to fulfill the vision of our school’s director, Ed Carter — to get our students out into the world in mentored-learning situations where they can do challenging but exceptional things.”

BYU communications students shadowed and interviewed BYU Spanish students on the Camino de Santiago study abroad as well as others they met along the pilgrimage. 

“Everywhere I went on the Camino, people told me they had met one or more of our students,” said Cressman. “In every single instance, those people told me how impressed they were with them.”

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