As a substitute teacher in Sweden, I spent most of my time helping immigrants learn to speak Swedish. Through that, I saw how difficult it is to learn a new language when you have no one to speak it with and how important language is to feeling at home in a new country. I also realized how segregated my hometown, Stockholm, really was.
Early on my students invited me to share delicious meals in their homes. It was a great way to learn more about each other and our cultures, and we quickly felt closer to each other.
I was convinced that if others could meet as peers over a homecooked meal, we could make the world a happier, more inclusive place.
And thus began United Invitations!