Céad míle Fáilte to Galway’s newest citizens.
Over 60 students from countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Peru, Turkey and Poland have taken part in the St Vincent de Paul’s Croí na Gaillimhe language classes.
Fáilte Isteach offers English classes to migrants. A vital service that enables migrants not only to integrate into the community but also offers them a social outlet where they can engage with other individuals going through the arduous task of getting used to living in a completely different country to their own,.
“It’s not the usual lesson where you have to listen to the teacher. You could ask any questions and find out things. Its social, I made friends, learned about Irish culture and other cultures too.” Galina from Belarussia
There are over 50 similar projects throughout the country and this is the fourth year that Croí na Gaillimhe has hosted Fáilte Isteach, which is run in collaboration with Third Age. The tutors are all volunteers from all walks of life. And the setting is relaxed, where students can learn the language in a fun and engaging manner. The class topics are varied but it is usually the practical everyday things which people want to focus on, such as shopping, going to the doctor, finding a job etc. Janet Kehelly, project worker, adds that students are also interested in finding out about Galway and all aspects related to settling in Ireland.
But it’s not all classroom based with a walking tour of Galway and a relaxation session adding variety. The relaxation session was facilitated by one of the Polish students and Janet is keen to point out that the group have a whole range of skills and talents which they’ve shared throughout the year.
If you’d like more information on the Fáilte Isteach programme Croí na Gaillimhe can be reached at 091 895203 or visit the website on www.croinagaillimhe.ie, facebook or blogspot.