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Upcoming Events

  • Movie Night 31 January 2020
  • Trappers Ice Hockey Game 16 February 2020
  • Book Club: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 18 February 2020
  • Tour of LocHal & Expo visit 7 March 2020

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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

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.

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 include our Welcome to Tilburg event, Holiday Dinner, Christmas Cookie workshop and TICnic (picnic)
  • Special Interest Groups (SIG): Movie Night, Walking Group, Sports Events Group (coming soon!)

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tíc Brochure available

tíc is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides social and educational activities for expatriates and internationals living in and around Tilburg.

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.

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#TBT: Café Dudok Holiday Dinner

This weekend we’ll meet up again for our annual Holiday Dinner where members have a chance to wish each other a Happy New Year while enjoying a bite to eat together.  For #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a look at gathering from 2016!

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by Rick Tillman

16 Jan 2016. Once again, tíc has celebrated the holidays and rung in the new year how it should be done: with warm conversation, good food, and ample wine (not necessarily in that order). For January 2016, tíc in its infinite wisdom gathered at Café Dudok in the heart of Tilburg.

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Worstenbrood (Sausage roll) Workshop Review

by Rochelle Buhr

26 Nov 2019. Have you ever had fresh, warm worstenbrood, a Tilburg speciality?Better yet, have you ever made them? A lucky 8 of us did on Tuesday at
De Smaeck Bakkerij in Berkol-Enschot.

Although probably not something you’d make at home, we had a great time
putting them together with the professionals at the bakery!

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tíc Walkie Talkies in the Wandelbos!

3 Nov. 2019. Here are a few reviews from our walkers!

“Thanks for organising today’s walk and for the lovely chat & great company…”
– Petra

“Thank you all, it was fun to be and walk together!!”
– Victoria

“Great company and beautiful autumn woodland to brighten up a rainy day”
– Wendy

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tic Walkie Talkies in Moerenburg!

12 Oct. 2019. The tíc Walkie Talkies had its second outing in the areas of Enschot and Moerenburg.

We had another 6 km route walking through open fields and around a small lake. The meeting start and end point was at Café Zomerlust where the group enjoyed a delicious lunch afterwards.

 

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tic Walking Group gets its start!

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by Mala Raman

6 Oct. 2019. By popular demand from our members for more sporty activities, tíc has started with the newly formed walking group – the ‘tíc Walkie Talkies’. (more…)

tíc sings at Tilburg Zingt!

Tilburg Zingt226 Apr 2019. Review by Mélanie Magnier. After getting dressed up with some orange accessories and a schrobbeler’s crown, we joined tíc members for our first Tilburg Zingt!

It was like a giant karaoke on the Schouwburgring! Volunteers were dressed in orange and singing on the stage. We received a kind of newspaper with the lyrics on it so that we could sing along with everybody! We had a lot of fun together!

Most of the songs were in Dutch, but some of theme were in English too. It was really nice to share a part of the Dutch culture! Thank you for having been there with us!
#tilburginternationalclub #tilburgzingt #Koningsdag #Schouwburgring #expatlife

DESTIL Trappers Game win again!

24 Feb 2019. by Mala Raman. On a slightly chilly February day, a large crowd of tíc members met to watch the local hockey team potentially make their way to the play-offs. The DESTIL Trappers, coached by Bo Subr,  swept the ice with Hanover Indians in their home game Sunday afternoon with a final score of 6 – 1.

This match was an action-packed game where the team ran circles around their opponent. In the midst of all the trash talking between the two teams and a helpful trip by an Indian team member to the penalty box, the score continued to increase in favor of the Trappers.

Unlike the many national hockey leagues, there really is almost no fighting during the games making it appropriate for people of all ages to attend a game.  However, it wouldn’t be a hockey game unless there was a little bit of blood and gore.

Thanks to this big win, the Trappers are all set for getting into the playoffs.

 

#tilburginternationalclub #icehockey #destil #trappers

Review of GLOW International Light Art Festival

review and pictures by Mélanie Magnier

17 November 2018. tíc members met at the Tilburg station to take the train together to go to Eindhoven and discover GLOW, the International Light Art festival.

Right out of the station, the Student Hotel was animated on a facade by a projected video.

Then, we began a tour in the city centre, where we could admire different video projections showcasing this year’s theme of “Shadows and Light” including the Catharina church, the Philips Tower of Light or the Immersive Decelerator on the buildings of the Markt place.

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There were also different journeys in shopping centres, such as the Heuvel, with bright objects inside or outside.

It was a nice discovery!

You can check out more about the event here: https://www.gloweindhoven.nl/en

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #lightfestival #GLOW #eindhoven

#TBT: Welcome to Tilburg 2017

In just 2 days, we will be celebrating tic‘s 10-year anniversary at our grand Welcome to Tilburg event!  For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at the festivities from 2017!

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by Mala Raman. We had another great day on 9 September 2017 for our annual Welcome to Tilburg event that officially opens our club year!

Every year we pick a different area of Tilburg to present to new and established members of the international community in Noord Brabant.  This year we focused on the Nieuwlandstraat in the city center. The streets in and around this area are full of eclectic cafes, bakeries and shops … something a little different from the mainstream shopping area. (more…)

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

 

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