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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

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.

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We need your EVENT IDEAS!

The tíc Events Team works hard to plan activities and events that are fun, inspirational and educational for its membership. We strive to create experiences that encourage our members to form social networks while getting to better know the city and country in which they live.

We are now beginning to plan the our 2019 – 2020 club year and our event team wants to hear your fantastic ideas!

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Open volunteer position, Secretary/Membership

Interested in becoming more actively involved in the #tilburginternationalclub? This is your chance! We  currently have an open position for Secretary/Membership.

tilburg international club is a “vereniging” and is required to have a Board of Directors to steer activities of the club. Several board positions are essential to running the club including the position of Secretary. Anne van Oorschot just stepped down from the role after 4 years in the position (maximum years allowed according to our club constitution). So, we have an open spot and would very much appreciate some help in this area. (more…)

President’s message – May 2019

Spring is in the air! As the flowers begin to bloom and daylight stays with us into the evening hours, everyone just seems to be in better spirits. Although the club year will soon be coming to a close, there are still lots of things on the calendar to enjoy.

Your Events Team has done an outstanding job in their first season of bringing new, exciting things to the club calendar. And coming up, we have the ever-popular Pub Quiz to accompany our AGM, a gathering at the Tilburg Hap Stap Festival at the Interpolis, our annual tícnic, plus a sponsorship walking event, Nacht van de Vluchtelingen, to help refugees.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at an event soon to hear about you upcoming plans for the summer.  So, let’s get some fresh air and have some club fun together before the lazy days of summer arrive!!

Cheers,
Yolonda

 

#Expatlife #Tilburg #Internationalclub #newsletter #Presidentsmessage

Meet the board: Estela – Treasurer

Estela Highet

I moved to the Netherlands in April 2017. I’m originally from a small town near Santiago in Chili which, compared to any other city here, is not that small! I grew up my whole life in the same place, going for holidays to the same place as well until I felt I wanted and needed to see the world. That’s when I decided to go and study some of my university course in Canada, as an exchange student for a semester. I met amazing people from everywhere around the world and made good friends, but I also met an incredible Dutch man who is the reason why I’m currently living in Tilburg.

I studied business administration as my university degree and I did a master’s in economics in the same university, after finishing my studies in Canada. Since then, I’m always thinking about my next destination and even how difficult it can be to say good bye to your loved ones, living in a different culture is a tremendous opportunity that I think I’m experiencing at 100%.

I worked as a housekeeper at Mercure Hotel in Tilburg at the beginning of my life in Tilburg until I got a job at Rhenus where I’m currently working! I’ve met great colleagues, but I still believe that Tilburg International Club gave me the best friends I could have asked for while living here. I’ve met people of all ages but all with one thing in common: being an international in the Netherlands. Who else more than us knows how it is to live abroad? I’m not only happy about the fact that I discovered (well, my partner did) this club, but also, thankful and glad that I can also contribute to it!

 

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Meet the board: Jessica – Event Team

For 3 years I’ve been living in Tilburg after moving from the US for…you guessed it—Love. My husband (Jasper Willem) and I met in the US at a wedding of a mutual friend.

Since I am an English teacher it was easy for me to make the move without giving up my career. Upon moving, I didn’t know anyone outside his family, so I went straight to google find expat events and clubs. Thank goodness I found tic! Some great friendships and experiences have come out of my involvement with tic. And now, I’ve put down my roots in Tilburg by buying a house and welcoming our new baby, Eleanor.

This year, I hope to give back to the organization that has meant so much to me by volunteering as an event planner. I’m looking forward to getting to know our new members!!

 

#tilburginternationalclub #boardofdirectors #eventteam #expatlife

We need your EVENT IDEAS!

Every year, the TIC Board works hard to plan activities and events that are fun, inspirational and educational for its membership. We strive to create experiences that encourage our members to form social networks while getting to better know the city and country in which they live.

This year we will soon be introducing our “Event Team”. By utilizing a small team, we hope to bring you more exciting and diverse events for you to enjoy.

Our new event team needs your ideas for a fantastic 2018 – 2019 club year!

Do you have some great ideas that would be perfect for our club members?  Do you know of some awesome activities that every club member should experience? Do you believe there is a way that our club can give back to the local community? We want to hear from you!

Please take one moment to fill in the form below, we would love to hear from you!!

#tilburg #expatlife #International #club

TIC & me

by Anne van Oorschot

The year was 1981 when I arrived in the Netherlands to join Hein – the love of my life! – and we lived in The Hague. While life in a foreign country is always a challenge, it is much easier in a city that is internationally oriented. As the Dutch governmental capital, The Hague has numerous international clubs, and I immediately joined the American Women’s Club (AWC) of The Hague. Here were a group of women who spoke my language, understood my bafflement at many Dutch customs, and missed family and friends as I did. Such a relief!!

As the years progressed, I learned Dutch, became more familiar with Dutch customs, had children, made friends, and moved a couple of times to different parts of the country…yet, I remained a member of the AWC. Even though I didn’t feel as lost as I once did, I still really enjoyed the social activities with “people like me”.

It was 2007 when Hein got a job as President of Tilburg University and we moved to Tilburg. While I remained a member of the AWC in The Hague, it was pretty far away and I missed a closer “expat contact”. Hein, who had always supported my activities in the AWC, realized there was nothing similair to help the many (250!) international employees of the University. “Why didn’t I start an international  club here?” Why not indeed!

I started by making a 2 page questionnaire for expats to see if they would be interested in an international club and, if so, what they would like it to offer. I got a list of foreign based companies in the area from the BOM (Brabant Development Agency) and started calling to see if they had foreign employees. While most companies with expat employees were receptive to the idea of an international club as a plus for their employees, some were not. “We help our employees enough, they don’t need a club!”

Often no amount of reasoning would get through to these stubborn HR employees and once I bluntly asked who their expat employee should call on a Sunday afternoon if his cat was vomiting? There was silence on the other side of the line…”Aah, we’re closed on Sundays.”  While there is a lot employers can do for international employees to help them get settled, an informal social network of other expats can help with the many small details of life in Tilburg. Also, no matter how nice Dutch colleagues are, they have their own family and friends and are not necessarily looking for more, outside of work.

I made appointments and set out for the many companies employing expats with questionnaires for their employees. I complied the results and was not surprised that there was a need for just such a club. There were many “official” details that needed to be taken care of: deciding on a name, writing the Constitution and By–laws for the club, finding a meeting location, arranging for publicity, finding sponsors, planning an initial meeting, getting 2 additional Board members, finding a notary to register TIC as a “vereniging” (association) and deciding on the first event. On March 30, 2008, TIC had a very well attended Open House at De Harmonie and our first members signed up…My TIC became Our TIC.

And here we are, 10 years later! TIC is steadily getting stronger and more anchored in the community, and while a lot of members have come and gone, there are more who are willing to help with the planning and running of the club. Thanks to social media campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, we are reaching more expats in the area and are able to enrich the international experience of our members. TIC is flourishing!

After 10 years on the Board as President and Secretary/Membership, I am so happy to see that there are many others who see the club as “Their TIC”; who pitch in to plan fun and interesting events, who attend events and make them successful, who share their national customs and foods, who are interested in getting to know other club members…who have made TIC into Our TIC! I feel confident about the club and secure in the knowledge that because the club is in many good hands, I can step back and let others take the lead. I will continue to organize the Book Club and Movie Night, and maybe I’ll be back on the Board again in the future – who knows? But for now I am happy to be just a member of Our TIC.

Of course, I still hope to see you at a TIC event soon!

All the best, Anne

 

We need your EVENT IDEAS!

Every year, the TIC Board works hard to plan activities and events that are fun, inspirational and educational for its membership. We strive to create experiences that encourage our members to form social networks while getting to better know the city and country in which they live.

This year we will soon be introducing our “Event Team”. By utilizing a small team, we hope to bring you more exciting and diverse events for you to enjoy.

Our new event team needs your ideas for a fantastic 2018 – 2019 club year!

Do you have some great ideas that would be perfect for our club members?  Do you know of some awesome activities that every club member should experience? Do you believe there is a way that our club can give back to the local community? We want to hear from you!

Please take one moment to fill in the form below, we would love to hear from you!!

#tilburg #expatlife #International #club

President’s message

Spring is in the air! As the warm weather (hopefully!) approaches, most of us begin to slowly come out of hibernation and our thoughts turn to getting out and having some fun. So … take a big stretch and shake off the winter cobwebs because TIC has lots of events in store for you before the club season ends! There are borrels, books and bowling activities just to name a few. And, of course, one of the high points of the season … the annual TICnic.

Your board is also hard at work planning our Welcome Event where we will celebrate our 10-year anniversary after the summer break. We are also making a few changes to the board and will soon be introducing our “Event Team”. By utilizing a small team, the workload can be spread more evenly which results in more exciting events for you to enjoy. Break out the sunglasses and join us for the many things we have planned. Don’t forget to check the website for updates and newly added events!

Cheers,
Yolonda

 

#Expatlife #Tilburg #Internationalclub #newsletter

Meet our President!

 

I have worked and lived in the Netherlands since 2005.  Sometimes it feels like I have been here forever and other times it feels just like yesterday! I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA but lived most of my life in Knoxville, Tennessee. I grew up as a typical American kid. My father taught high school and my mother was a secretary. My brother and I were very lucky to have such devoted parents and they always appreciated and supported that I had a different view of the world.  From a young age, I had a tremendous fascination for “all things European” and I desperately wanted to travel and take in all the beautiful wonders that Europe had to offer. But, alas, I put those dreams on hold and followed a more traditional path, working towards my Master’s Degree and taking a “safe and secure” government job.

After a few years, I was approached by a company and give an opportunity to participate in the start up of a new service center for repairing aircraft engines.  I was ready for a change and jumped at the chance. After a successful start-up, my company sent me to their sister facility in Tilburg to give some assistance and also receive some training. Later, I was offered a transfer to the facility in Tilburg. Although I was nervous about making such a move, my mother’s sound advice of “You will only regret what you never try”, rang loud and clear!

I also discovered TIC during this time and that added a whole new perspective to my life here in Tilburg. It has been great meeting such diverse and fascinating people and sharing stories (both good and bad) about life as an expat. Being on the board (event director first!) has also enriched my experience and broadened my view of the world in ways I could have never imagined.

In the spring of 2010, I took position with another company – this time one that was European owned.  That “sealed the deal” for me and I plan on staying in The Netherlands indefinitely. I have a great life here. I love all the different cultures and individualism that this small country has to offer.  A part of me will always be partial to “home” but as the old saying goes, “Home is where the heart is” and mine is definitely in The Netherlands!

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Meet our Event Director!

Andrew Kelly

Hello everyone! In case you don’t know me personally, I will tell you a little about myself. I was born in Dublin, Ireland and I lived there until I decided to move to the Netherlands for work back in 2006. At the time, it was just for a 3-month work experience. Thanks to a lack of engineers in the Netherlands, I have been kept in work since that date.

Well, those are the facts. Personally, I like to run, watch movies and meet new people. You will always find me during the 6-nations (rugby) in the Ruby’s Irish Pub in Tilburg enjoying a beer and good game. If you have any questions about Tilburg, feel free to contact me.

And, if you have any suggestions for outings, tours, workshops or any other activities, be sure to let me know!

#Tilburg #Expat #Expatlife @RubsIrishPub

TIC needs a new Treasurer!

TreasurerInterested in becoming more actively involved in TIC? Then this is your chance! We are currently looking for a new treasurer.

As Treasurer, you would be a member of TIC’s Board of Directors, taking care of the club’s financial matters, helping steer the direction of TIC’s events and activities, and of course, having a lot of fun while contributing to Tilburg’s international community. Interested in learning more? You can see the actual job description on our Meet the Board page. We look forward hearing from you!

#Tilburg #Expat #Volunteer #Treasurer #Expatlife

Open Position, Treasurer

vacant-chairInterested in becoming more actively involved in the #TilburgInternationalClub ? This is your chance! We are currently looking for a new Treasurer.

The Treasurer is a member of the TIC Board of Directors, and as such, is required to attend board meetings and present at the Annual General Meeting. This is a voluntary position and the board works closely together to provide support for all club functions, as needed.

As Treasurer, you would be a member of TIC’s Board taking care of the club’s financial matters, helping steer the direction of TIC’s events and activities, and of course, having a lot of fun while contributing  to Tilburg’s international community.

Treasurer

Responsibilities

  • Track funds received and spent for every club activity
  • Invoice and report on membership dues collected
  • Maintain accurate financial records throughout the club year
  • Pay bills and reimbursements promptly
  • Reconcile bank statements
  • Coordinate the club audit at the end of every year

Requirements

  • Ability to attend board meetings once every 4 – 6 weeks
  • Maintain event budget, expenses and payments
  • Present summary of club finances at the AGM
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Google Drive
  • Have fun!

Interested? Send us a note!

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