This is how it works

Newcomers and Locals

Seek exchange but don't meet each other

HiMate!

Brings them together through offers for culture and leisure activities

Mates and 'Heimat'

Friendships develop and social cohesion grows

What is the vision behind HiMate?
Our vision is a society in which people meet each other at eye-level, irrespective of their origin or their cultural and social background.

How does HiMate achieve that?
HiMate creates everyday moments of encounter between people of different cultural and financial backgrounds.
We do that by providing vouchers for cultural activites via an online platform and by organizing open community events. On HiMate.org users find vouchers for cinemas, theater shows, concerts or sports events. Our community events include cooking evenings, jam sessions, community parties or soccer tournaments. Members of our community can also organize their own HiMate event.

The goal behind every moment of encounter is to facilitate integration, enable cultural exchange and strengthen social cohesion.

How does HiMate work?
HiMate provides vouchers for cultural and recreational events via an online platform. Vouchers are donated by partnering companies. Users first register and then reserve vouchers, providing their name and e-mail address. Vouchers may be provided electronically or have to be picked up on site. We check the identity of first-time users in order to make sure that our offer benefit the right people.

Who are HiMate's target groups?
HiMate is generally open to all people who are interested in cultural exchange. Our Community events are always open to everyone.
Free vouchers that can be reserved on our online platform, are reserved for people who show that their income is below a certain level. Selected offers kann be used in tandems (+1-rule). Registered users can then choose a person to accompany them to the event.

A large number of HiMate-users are newcomer with or without refugee background as well as locals with limited financial means.

How is HiMate financed?
HiMate is financed exclusively through donations from companies, organizations and private donors. As a charitable organization we can issue donation receipts. More Information

Who is behind HiMate?
Behind HiMate is a team of over 30 supporters including experts, professionals and entrepreneurs from the fields of communications, IT & Internet, NGOs, journalism and politics. We are united by the motivation to use our specific know-how for the benefit of helping people intergrate into our society. HiMate! does not pursue political goals.

Who is a "Newcomer" and who is a "Local"?
Newcomer includes everyone who is new in a place or a community. Regarding our main target group we try to avoid the term "refugee" and only use it for explanatory purposes. That way we want to avoid labeling on the basis of past events and create more eye height.
Locals includes everyone who feels home in a place or a community. The place of birth is not important in that respect.

How can I support HiMate?
Every company, organization, or institution, which provides cultural or recreational offers can offer vouchers on HiMate If you are a looking for volunteering opportunities with HiMate, get in touch!


For HiMate Users
Who gets vouchers?
HiMate vouchers are intended for users with an income that usually does not allow them to make use of comparable cultural offers. Every HiMate-user has to prove that he/she is eligible for use upon first time usage. Evidence can be produced by presenting a Berlinpass or similar documents.
Selected offers are available to tandems (+1-rule), depending on arrangements with every individual partner. Registered users can then choose a person to accompany them to the event.

Please note: HiMate never makes copies of personal documents and never stores them.

Where do I reserve vouchers?
Vouchers can be reserved via our voucher page.

What happens next? How do I get to the event?
After you have successfully reserved a voucher, we will inform you about the further procedure.
The way of redeeming vouchers depends on the offerer's preferences. In some cases we send out personalized vouchers, in others we will put your name on a guest list.
We reserve the right to temporarily withhold tickets from users who repeatedly haven't redeemed reserved vouchers without reason. For more information on the usage of offers please also visit our terms and conditions.


For Companies and Organizations
What is the advantage for me as a company or organization in supporting HiMate?
HiMate takes away the extra work and effort that is often connected to social commitment. You just tell us what you want to offer, whether it's one-time or periodically (e.g. 20 cinema tickets per month). We make sure that your offer reaches people according to your conditions and wishes - in an uncomplicated and fast way. At the same time we make your social commitment visible to our users and beyond. HiMate already received lots of media attention (see below).


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