How to turn strangers into dinner companions
Quite clearly, this is just one way of doing it.
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1. Ask your friends and acquaintances, or anyone you trust, if they are interested in having an immigrant over for dinner or having dinner at an immigrants house.
2. Approach language schools, social workers, e.g. in your community. Ask if you think there is interest among the immigrants to participate and if you can come, at a time of their convenience, and present the idea.
3. Present the initiative, e.g. what you chose to call it, and ask who would like to have dinner with a native. Show photos from the Facebook page (Invitationsdepartementet, United Invitations or your own). Be clear that it is completely voluntary and only those who really want to should participate. Interested immigrants leave their name, nationality, dietary restrictions, telephone number, area where the live and whether they want to be hosts or guest. The age of children can also be useful information for matching families together. Inform them that you will be the one to call them to arrange the dinner.
4. Your acquaintances. Those who wish to host/participate in a dinner leave their name, area where they live, who is hosting the dinner, why they would like to do so and a suggestion of a suitable day, a concrete date, within the coming weeks. Inform them that they should count on the dinner happening on the chosen date, and that you will get back to them with more information about the guest.
5. Use a calendar. Mark the dates when people would like to host dinners.
6. Call the guest a few days before and ask if they are available and if anyone will be joining them for dinner. The matching is based on who lives fairly nearby, if they have children in the same age and in consideration to female/male constellations. This is not a dating service. If the date is not suitable, suggest a different day with a different host and call the next person on your list.
7. Contact the host. Inform them about the guest and any friends who will be accompanying them, if they have any allergies, what country they are from and their phone number. Ask the host the send a Welcome to dinner- text message with the address, door code, which floor, name on the door and for directions, time and date.
8. Dinner. Hello! Food, drink, blah, blah.
9. Feedback. If you do not hear from the dinner party, get back to them and ask if the enjoyed it and see if they have any suggestions for improvement.
10. Keeping score. If you want a number to warm your heart in winter time, the dinner can be added to your personal count, registered as one dinner as well as the number of participants.