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Upcoming Events

  • Movie Night 27 September 2019
  • Happy Hour (borrel) 11 October 2019
  • Pumpkin Carving Party 26 October 2019
  • Movie Night 22 November 2019
  • Worstenbrood Workshop 26 November 2019

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tíc Facebook page

Did you know that #tíburginternationalclub regularly posts on Facebook? Facebook is a social networking website where users can post comments, share photographs and post links to news or other interesting content on the web, chat live, and watch short-form video.

We share information about local news, area events, #Dutch culture and much more! You can also see all of our invitations to tíc events making it that much easier to stay up-to-date on all of our club activities. We also pass along news articles, requests for participation and much more from local businesses and organisations who would like to specifically stay in touch with the international community in and around Tilburg.

Join us on Facebook @tílintclub to keep up with the latest tílburginternationalclub happenings as well as events in around the Tilburg area!

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #Facebook #news

About tilburg international club

Would you like to know who we are?

🔝  OUR MISSION

tíc is a non-profit volunteer organization that:

🔹 Provides social, educational and networking activities for expatriates and internationals living in and around Tilburg
🔹 Represents the international community to local governmental bodies; and
🔹 Aims to further positive relations among people of different nationalities.
🔝  TIC Fast Facts
🔹 tíc hosted an opening reception in March 2008 for international citizens from 29 different countries!
🔹 Our official partner is MidPoint Brabant
🔹 Our sponsors include Holland Expat Center South (HECS), Tilburg University and P&D Care
🔹 Organizations such as Tilburg University and Rhenus Logistics have subsidized their employee’s annual dues!
🔹 Members benefit from our relationships with Fontys Dance Academy, Sligro Tilburg and Theaters Tilburg
🔹 Currently, our club has over 100 members from 31 different countries!
🔹 A variety of tíc activities are held in and around the center of town and many are free of charge to members.
🔹 Our association (“Vereniging”) is a family club, so the annual €50 dues covers partners and children participating in club activities.
🔹 Guests are welcome to attend two (2) events as a guest to get a better feel for the club and its members before joining!.
🔝  Expats in Brabant

tíc welcomes internationals, living and/or working in the Netherlands, who would like to:

🔹 Join other expats for social and educational activities
🔹 Expand personal and business networks
🔹 Introduce partners and children to new people in a relaxed and fun social atmosphere
🔹 Learn more about the Tilburg, Noord Brabant and the Netherlands
🔛  At home in the Netherlands

tíc helps internationals feel more at home in the Netherlands. We strive to help ease the adjustment process with practical tips, advice and information on daily life in the Netherlands. We offer a relaxed and fun social atmosphere for introducing partners and children to new people and for learning more about the Tilburg, Noord Brabant and the Netherlands. tíc can be an invaluable “home away from home” resource.

#Tilburg #Expat #Membership # Mission #Brabant

tíc Needs your help!

For the last 2 years, one of our major priorities has been to create a stronger online awareness of our club, events, goals and attractive membership benefits through Twitter. Twitter is one of the best social media platforms to find out what people think about our club and build our club “brand”.

We would love the help of a dedicated “tweeter” for our club!

You can help us by doing any of the following:

  • tweeting 3 – 5 times a week
  • commenting on tweets
  • re-posting tweets
  • coordinating themes with our other social media platforms
  • share helpful links and tips with our followers

If you are interested in social media, specifically Twitter, this would be a great opportunity to gain some experience with this tool. And, you would be making a significant contribution to the efforts of our club to expand its membership base as well as communicating in a fun and educational way with expats in Brabant.

If this you’d like to help us out, just fill out the form below to let us know!

#twitter #Expatlife #socialmedia #helpwanted

Open Position, Events Team member

The #TilburgInternationalClub is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to join 2 other Event Team members in organizing, planning and hosting club events.

Would you like to help us with

  • Search for and propose ideas for cultural, educational and/or social events that fit the interests of tíc membership
  • Organize facilities and manage event details
  • Socialize with members to ensure a fun member experience
  • Proactively handle any issues on the event day
  • Provide feedback/critique Event Team leader

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain event registrations
  • Respond to email enrolments
  • Attend planned events
  • Manage multiple projects independently
  • Have fun!

Interested? Send us a note!

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #expatclub #eventsteam #volunteer

tíc Membership Benefits

Started in March of 2008, the tilburg international club has already hosted many activities to meet the needs and wishes of its international members living in and around the area of Tilburg. Our members join us from around the world, 30 different countries and counting! We try to provide information, activities and events that support and enhance the experiences of our expat member families while living in the Netherlands, whether they are here short-term or indefinitely!

tíc is a non-profit volunteer organization that:

🔹 Provides social, educational and networking activities for internationals living in and around Tilburg;
🔹 Represents the international community to local governmental bodies; and
🔹 Aims to further positive relations among people of different nationalities

As a member of tíc, you will be entitled to participate in a variety of events and activities especially geared toward expats living in Holland. Here are just a few of our diverse activities:

🔹 Special topic educational lectures featuring expert guest speakers
🔹 Book Club
🔹 Day trips to various destinations around the country
🔹 Workshops in a fun, social atmosphere
🔹 Happy hours at different bars and/or restaurants around town
🔹 Annual events including our Welcome to Tilburg event, Holiday Dinner, Christmas Cookie workshop and TICnic (picnic)
🔹 Special Interest Groups (SIG): Movie Night, Walking Group

Membership Benefits

Joining the club also means, you have a built-in social, business and cultural network.  It is a group in which you will find fun, support, friendship and information about Tilburg, Brabant and the Netherlands.  In addition, tíc is proud to offer its members:

🔹 networking and socializing opportunities with other internationals,
🔹 introducing partners and children to new people in a relaxed and fun social atmosphere,
🔹 participating in Book Club and lectures as well as first drinks at the borrels at no cost,
🔹 tours and day trips to other cities and attractions offered at a very attractive price,
🔹 Access to Sligro (volume shopping store), located at Ringbaan Zuid (must show membership card).
🔹 the Touch of Tilburg book produced by the city of Tilburg.  This is a compilation of history, local interest, restaurant and entertainment guide and much more!
🔹 tíc quarterly newsletter (September through June)
🔹 a tíc welcome gift

At home in the Netherlands

tíc helps internationals feel more at home in the Netherlands. We strive to help ease the adjustment process with practical tips, advice and information on daily life in the Netherlands. We offer a relaxed and fun social atmosphere for introducing partners and children to new people and for learning more about the Tilburg, Noord Brabant and the Netherlands. tíc can be an invaluable “home away from home” resource.

Interested in becoming a member? Download our Membership Form now!

#TilburgInternationalClub #Expat #Membership # Mission #Brabant

#TBT 2015 Welcome Day: Spoorzone

In just 2 days, we will be hosting another Welcome to Tilburg event!  For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at the festivities from 2015!

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Article by Patricia Gonzalez

Time flies. So with places as with people. From 1868 to 2011, the Spoorzone was an industrial site – a place where trains were built and repaired for Nederlandse Spoor and “migrants” from Utrecht came to work on the railways. Today, the Spoorzone is home to the Red Cross, an intended hub for entrepreneurs, a skate park for youth and, during Mundial festival or one of the many market weekends (e.g., Bazouq, Swan Market, Pasar Malam), a bustling event space.

Three years ago, I was a newcomer to Tilburg meeting other foreigners at TIC’s Open House. On 26th September, I was one of the “old faces” welcoming newly moved buitenlanders and sharing my own stories about living in this city.

Welcome Day began with a tour of the Spoorzone led by Stadsgidserij Tilburg. In the span of an hour, our guide walked us through history, bringing to life tales of railway workers – a smaller segment of the population in the then mostly textile-focused town. He made us smile to hear of the one-cent increase in workers’ hourly wages (big money then!) and how lunches used to be delivered via small pass-throughs in the imposing wall that enclosed the spoor zone. He also told us of the city’s future plans for the area, helping us imagine what’s in store for the space: the new public library, a passageway for bicycles and pedestrians traveling from above the tracks into the city center, and a possible seats2meet venue – all exciting additions to the city.  

We ended our tour at Restaurant De Houtloods, the oldest building in the 13-hectare zone. Under the steel trusses and the clear blue skies, Wethouder Marcelle Hendrickx gave a speech that was warm and welcoming – apropos for the day. Afternoon very quickly turned to evening, as happens when you’re having fun. There were drinks and borrelhapjes, old friends to catch up with, new acquaintances to make, and the shared experience of living and working and loving Tilburg to discuss. It was a pleasant way to kick off the club year.

If you couldn’t come to Welcome Day, don’t worry. There are still plenty of activities in store – a whole year’s worth. But don’t blink or you might miss it!

Welcome Day is an annual event for expats and internationals living in Tilburg and the surrounds. This year’s Spoorzone tour and borrel was organized by TIC, made possible through the combined efforts of Holland Expat Center South and Tilburg University, and generously sponsored by Gemeente Tilburg.  

Resources for Expats Needed!

Did you know that we have a page on our website dedicated to national, regional and local expat resources?

This page covers the basics for Dutch life, but we’re looking to expand what we can share.

Do you know of some great resources that would help other expats with their lives here abroad, locally and/or nationally? Do you know of any expat-owned businesses that the international community can support? Know of any great websites that every expat should visit?

We love to hear from you so, send us your suggestions!

#TBT book review of Fear and Trembling

We’ll meet in September for our first book club of the new tíc season; a gathering that sometimes has intense debates, but is always a lot of fun. For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at a book club review from a few years ago!

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review by Anne-Lise Artaud

This month’s book got quite exotic as we read about a very familiar and close topic to us, expats. Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb was a very interesting book about expatriation, how to deal with it, how to survive it and make the best out of it.

We were able to discuss the struggles and advantages of living an expat life. Maybe nothing as exotic as Japanese expatriation, but even if the Netherlands is a welcoming country, we still all had some struggles to face with this new culture and some adapting to do.

The book itself is about a lovely young lady from Belgium going to live one year abroad. She is going to Japan, a country where she already has some attachments and knows the language. Through this book she explains, with a lot of self-derision, the struggle of adapting to a new culture. Given that the culture is Japanese, the challenge is even harder because she has to face the eternal cleavage between East/West. It was very interesting to exchange ideas on this particular topic because, this life experience is very personal and even if we could relate to others’ experiences, this is still a very personal challenge. The book could demonstrate this fact by the powerful and sometimes exaggerated emotional encounters and by the way the author was relating high points of her personal experience.

It was a very charming read that permitted us all to laugh and remember good memories about our first steps in the Netherlands. It reminded us too, the reason why we made this choice and why we decided to give it a shot, finishing by transforming us into the best version of ourselves, thanks to the rich learnings we have through expatriation.

#TilburgInternationalClib #bookclub #Expatlife #FearandTrembling #AmélieNothomb

Book Club reminder: Slaughterhouse 5

Date: Wednesday, 4 Sept 2019
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 3 Sept 2019 (registration form below)
Member Cost: Free!
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

As a young man and a prisoner of war, Kurt Vonnegut witnessed the 1945 US fire-bombing of Dresden in Germany, which…

reduced the once proudly beautiful city to rubble and claimed the lives of thousands of its citizens. For many years, Kurt tried to write about Dresden but the words would not come. When he did write about it, he combined his trademark humour, unfettered imagination, boundless humanity and keen sense of irony to create one of the most powerful anti-war books every written, and an enduring American classic.

Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller – these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse. Slaughterhouse Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books. While centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

  • `An extraordinary success. A book to read and reread. He is a true artist’ New York Times Book Review
  • `The great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.’ George Saunders

Plenty of time in the summer to relax with a good and interesting book. Should you have time and a desire to read more, try one of the other suggested books :

  • Normal People, by Salley Rooney (304 pages)
  • The Sirens of Titan, by Kunt Vonnegut (224 pages)
  • Everything is Illuminated, by Johathan Safran Foer  (276 PAGES)

Wishing everyone a wonderful and relaxing summer, with plenty of time for a good book.

#bookclub #tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #Slaughterhouse5 #KurtVonnegut

Join Book Club!

Are you up for a good discussion with a group of friendly book-lovers? Would you like to expand your reading horizons by reading a book you may not have chosen yourself? Do you want to spend a relaxed evening chatting about a book, and often many other life topics, with a cup of tea, coffee or perhaps glass of wine in your hand? Join tíc’s Book Club where we meet up approximately once every 6 weeks to discuss the latest book pick by the group.

At the end of every Book Club meeting, one member presents three book suggestions to the group. The group votes on their favorite book choice and the group reads that book for the next book club meeting. Someone from the group volunteers to bring the new book selections for the following meeting. Locations and days of every meeting vary to allow the maximum number of book lovers to attend.

New members are welcome to join our book club at any time.  If you are a member of the tilburg international club, attendance is free.  If you would like to attend as a guest, the cost is €5,00 p.p. (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee.)

Would you like to join us at our next Book Club meeting?  Let us know!

#TilburgInternationalClub #bookclub #Expatlife #English

Check us out on Instagram!

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Instagram is a social networking app made for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. Our own dedicated tíc board member, Estela Highet, makes visiting us on Instagram an eye-opening experience!
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The app allows you to share in tíc experiences, often real-time, and get a view into our events.
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We have themes going such as “tip Tuesday” to give you the inside scoop on living in the Netherlands.
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We also keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in and around Tilburg.
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Join us on Instagram for a whole different look into tíc.
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Tag us with #tilburginternationalclub and we’ll swing by and visit your account.
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#Expats #TilburgInternationalClub #Instagram #pictures #tíc

Day Pass to Sligro

Did you know that with the tíc membership card, you can get a day pass to shop at the Tilburg wholesale store, Sligro?

Sligro is a modern, volume-shopping warehouse that covers 11.000 m² and offers fresh produce, wine, food and food supply items. Typical clients of Sligro are businesses, restaurants and self-employed business owners that buy their supplies in bulk. Sligro also has in-store samples of many of their food items as well as product tasting evenings.

With the tíc membership card shown at the door*, our members can shop like the professionals or just stock up on kitchen favourites!

Check the Sligro website for information about their assortment and opening hours!

*Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to enter.

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #shopping #sligro #volumediscount

Guests are Welcome!

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Guests are always welcome at any #TilburgInternationalClub event. It’s a great way to get a feel for the club, our members and the types of events you can come to expect as a member.  In the past, many of our guests have become members after a full tíc experience!

Many expats feel, even after living in the Netherlands for a longer period of time, never fully welcomed into Dutch society and therefore, never feel an affinity with the culture. A key upside to being a guest of tíc, is getting out to meet locals, learning about the country, better understanding social routines and customs all within a supportive group of individuals and families with like circumstances.

Want to know more about attending a tíc event as a guest? Check out our Guests Welcome page for more details.  Have questions or already interested in one of our upcoming events? Just let us know at til.int.club@gmail.com!

We look forward to meeting you!

tíc Facebook page

Did you know that #tíburginternationalclub regularly posts on Facebook? Read our latest posts, and comments, click on the links to news in and around Tilburg, Brabant and The Netherlands and see our photograph and watch short videos of our events.

We regularly share information about local news, area events, #Dutch culture and much more! You can also see all of our invitations to tíc events, making it that much easier to stay up-to-date on all of our club activities. We also pass along news articles, requests for participation and much more from local businesses and organisations who would like to specifically stay in touch with the international community in and around Brabant.

Join us on Facebook @tílintclub to keep up with the latest tílburginternationalclub happenings as well as events in around the Tilburg area!

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #Facebook #news

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