Fáilte Isteach was established in October 2006 by Third Age in response to the observed daily difficulties that new migrants were experiencing integrating into the local community through a poor understanding or lack of English. Following its success as a pilot project in a small rural community, Fáilte Isteach was launched nationally in late 2008. From the inaugural class in Summerhill involving 12 volunteer tutors and 7 students, Fáilte Isteach has now grown to 127 groups with over 1,200 volunteer tutors who support the integration of 3,200 migrant students by delivering over 72,000 hours of free tuition annually.
Fáilte Isteach aims to achieve the following:
Provide the necessary language skills to migrants in a student-centred, welcoming and inclusive manner.
Establish a network of Fáilte Isteach groups in communities throughout Ireland.
Involve older volunteer tutors and recognise their skills, expertise and contribution to the community.
Promote greater integration and achieve a new sense of community spirit, by forging new friendships and facilitating learning among and about different cultures.