Welcome In

Welcome immigrants to your community through conversational English classes

Welcome In is a program of volunteer led, community based conversational English classes for immigrants. Originating in Ireland, the program has achieved significant success and the methodology has now spread to Italy and Germany and is now ready to launch in Minnesota.

The program involves volunteers (often older people who have extra time on their hands) welcoming immigrants to the communi...

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Welcome In is a program of volunteer led, community based conversational English classes for immigrants. Originating in Ireland, the prog...

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What you can do

As the program establishes itself in Minnesota, we're looking for both local partners and community champions to get started. Fill in this short form and we're looking forward to hear from you!

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What you can do

As the program establishes itself in Minnesota, we're looking for both local partners and community champions to get s...

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Join the communities already benefitting from starting a Welcome In

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There is no funding available for this idea in United States, but these resources will still help to make your project happen!

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"At this stage in my life, Welcome In has given me an outlet to put my skills and experience to good use. It means a lot, and has given me a lot. As well as knowing I am helping others, I am also benefiting greatly – through the friendships I have...

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Welcome In
Marcella Sheridan

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Great for

  • is passionate about creating a welcoming and inclusive community culture
  • is resourceful and committed
  • is organized and enjoys working in a team of volunteers

Welcome In project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Assess local environment
  • Find a Suitable Venue
  • Find 10 Volunteers & Participate in Training
  • Advertise the Classes
  • Teach and Have Fun!


Suggested: As a leader you’ll need approximately 4 hours a week to get the classes up and running.


More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the Welcome In

113 Welcome In projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

At a time when there's a greater need for inclusion and integration in our communities than ever before, we're excited to help you get involved in Welcome In - a community based project where older volunteers welcome immigrants to the community through conversational English classes. It you'd like to start or join a class in Minnesota, you can find all the information and support you need right here.

Liam Carey, International Co-ordinator Welcome In

Our impact so far...

  • 3,000
  • 4

113 Welcome In projects have already been started

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