Be part of a more inclusive society
Connecting locals and newcomers over homecooked dinners. All across the world.
As people continue to migrate across the globe, there’s never been a greater need for community and connection. And nothing is more important to someone’s integration in a new country than an individual relationship.
Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, United Invitations is a nonprofit that connects locals and newcomers within a community, by having them share a delicious, homecooked meal.
In the last few years, we’ve already accomplished so much:
We enlist the support of United Invitations Ambassadors in each city we operate.
Our Ambassadors help us find locals and newcomers interested in participating in the program.
A local is anyone who speaks the native language and feels “at home” in the country
A newcomer is anyone who was born in another country and is looking to be more integrated into the community
Each meal must include at least one local and one newcomer, but participants are allowed to invite family or friends to the dinner as well.
We ask either the locals or newcomers to host the meal. Once we find a match, the host prepares the food and invites the guest to a free meal and great conversation in their home.
All we ask is for participants to commit to one dinner. No strings attached.
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!