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“Fáilte Isteach”: Seniors welcoming migrants through inclusive English classes

Apr 22, 2016 | News

(22 April 2016) – Fáilte Isteach (“Welcome in”) is a community-based project involving predominantly older volunteers, who welcome migrants and refugees to Ireland through conversational English classes.

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The project provides necessary language training for new migrants in a student-centred, welcoming and inclusive environment, while also involving older volunteers and recognising their skills and contribution to the community.

Fáilte Isteach, now in its tenth year, has grown from a local, rural project to a national initiative with a presence in 24 counties and 92 groups nationwide.

Each week over 900 volunteers welcome approximately 2,700 migrants to their community and deliver over 60,000 hours of free tuition annually.

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