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by George Oeser
In 2013, my husband, Rick, and myself got on a plane and flew to the Netherlands. We had no idea what to expect, we had signed a lease for an apartment we had never seen in person and we were moving to a city we didn’t know existed a few months earlier. The one thing we knew for sure is that we didn’t know a single person in #Tilburg. We were excited and frightened in pretty much equal amounts.
Within just a few weeks we had learned (more…)
My Dutch husband, my 3 teenage girls and I arrived from Australia to Tilburg in November 2015 to live for one year. Within 2 weeks, I was looking for an English speaking book club and asked at the library, but they didn’t know of any. So I started searching on google and the Tilburg International Club website with all the information about book club, social functions and general help with integration into Dutch life came up.
The first book club I attended was a cold, wet night and as my confidence in driving on the other side of the road had not yet kicked in, I decided to ride my bike. Google maps said a 20 minute ride…..took me 45 minutes battling against the rain and wind. I arrived wet, hot and sweaty to a group of about 15 ladies who were kind enough to catch my breath before allowing me to introduce myself! I believe now, if I had to make the same journey again, 1 year later, I would make that ride in 20 minutes.
Having events at TIC gave me an opportunity to meet some lovely people while trying to navigate my way in a new country. We have enjoyed attending the events as a family and also as a couple or me on my own. TIC gave us a feeling of being included while meeting new, interesting people that we might not have met otherwise.
We are now back in Australia and who knows what the future holds, but if we return to Tilburg I’ll be back at book club!
21 August 2013
by Farrah Ritter
My family and I arrived here in Oisterwijk almost exactly 10 months ago. We have a four-year-old and two-year-old twins and were completely unsure if we were making the biggest mistake of our lives- OR we were going to have the best experience of our lives. It’s hard to tell when you are heading to a country you’ve never lived in before- especially so with your kids!
Time and time again, I cannot say how lucky we have been with finding (more…)
In the upcoming months, Tilburg University is initiating a new buddy program to help welcome and help newcomers feel at home in Tilburg. The process has been designed to support newcomers in broadening their understanding of the Dutch culture, widening their professional and social network and becoming more familiar with the city of Tilburg. A Buddy program will be a great tool to accelerate the newcomer’s ability to deal with questions, issues and concerns.
A buddy is someone who partners with a newcomer to Tilburg and/or Tilburg University during the initial period of adjustment after arrival. While primarily responsible for offering advice and guidance, the buddy may also offer encouragement and knowledge resources, as they help introduce the newcomer to the social and professional culture of the Netherlands.
The role of a buddy is important, and potentially critical, to the integration and well-being of a newcomer. While the newcomer adapts to a new country, town and work environment, a buddy may be an invaluable resource to helping pave the way to a smoother transition process.
TIC would like to support Tilburg University in their effort to assist newcomers by encouraging members of TIC to become a buddy. To learn more about the buddy program and becoming a buddy, please contact:
Mala at info@DEnLingua.com for more information.
So many things have changed in Tilburg since we first arrived 7 years ago, just before the start of the academic year in 2005. The Midi theater closed, opened and closed again. We went from having zero sushi restaurants to more than 5. Pieter Vreedeplein opened. But, the change that had the biggest effect on our lives must have been the start of TIC in 2008. (Ok maybe the birth of our daughter had a bigger effect on us, but more about that later.) I think I was one of the first University employees to sign up for TIC. (more…)
As with most international clubs, it is the nature of the member population that people come and go as their work and personal lives
change and grow. As such, we would love the opportunity to say a proper “goodbye” to anyone who may be leaving the club. If you are moving on, please do let us know so we can bid you a fond farewell (and take you off that pesky mailing list!;)
by Mala Raman
This year, in an effort to reach out to the local expat community and businesses, TIC will be trying to increase its visibility through various outlets including ads in the local newspapers, folders at community centers and participation in events such as Verenigningsdag at the Heyhoef, in the Reeshof.
On September 1st, Thijs and I gamely set up our table to represent TIC. (more…)