The Tribe of Play | Susan Lambriks



Susan Lambriks

Would love to introduce Susan Lambriks in our Get in Touch Blog.

Susan is working in the TU/e Sports Center (SSC). She and her colleague Lara Hofstra are actively involved in the SSC project to welcome international spouses in the colorful world of the SSC. Both are passionate about the broad variety of sports any member might enjoy in the beautifully equipped  center, each day of the week.

Recently, our Get in Touch group has enjoyed a wonderful guided tour, which was awesome en informative. We’ll keep being involved as partner in this appealing project. Therefore I would love to give floor to Susan and her captivating story. Enjoy!


Ding-dong. [Door opens]. “Hey! Can you come out and play?”

This was the slogan of my childhood. Growing up in the Mojave Desert suburbs of Los Angeles in the ‘90’s, the kids on bicycles, skateboards and light-up sneakers ruled the streets.

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About the Winter Blues | Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre


Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre

Our GiT Blog author Kiranmayee shares regularly her interesting reflections on various experiences.

This time about the Winter Blues .. very current theme .. how to face it instead of hiding from it 



IMG_5193It is that time of the year, when the sun sets early and we end up in our dens early. It is a difficult time for some, irrespective of the fact that you have seen such winters all your life or you come from tropics!

There are many emotional changes we face with the changes in the air. Some appreciate the November sky with its beautiful colors, while some can be lost on what to do. Actually if you think of it there is tons to do!

IMG_5155For starters this is the perfect time to bake warm cookies, fill your house with the aroma of childhood nostalgia and late at night curl up with a cookie, warm cup of chocolate milk and just appreciate the heater.

You can pick up a project for winter like knitting, wood carving, I don’t know what else all the readers here are so talented, and the mark to finish this project is Spring.

So during high times you look forward to spring and during low you appreciate you still have time to complete! Brilliant right? Pick up that book you always wanted to finish and aim to do so by the end of the season.

Another idea is to invite your friends for sunset coffee! So you can watch sunset with your friends from your window while catching up (hint hint).

See I promised there is plenty to do. So stock on candles, aromas, your favorite woolens and winter plants and discover whole new time, until it lasts!

Most importantly understand who among your friends finds it most difficult and spread the love.

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About Volunteering | Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre

Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre

Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre

Our GiT Blog author Kiranmayee shares regularly her interesting reflections on various experiences. This time about volunteering in your new residential town and its value and impact on the life of  international spouses.

Volunteering back in my country (India) was something parents did in schools, and not necessarily always with the idea of helping. Times have changed and so has the idea of volunteering (back in my country too).

Volunteering in the Netherlands is big, I learnt people with full time jobs and other responsibilities like family too, do volunteer for reasons like community. As expats; volunteering can be seen as a window opportunity, to connect with the community as well as the market.

When picking up volunteering, we can choose what we would like to do, irrespective of our educational background, or experience, however the experience gained while volunteering is much more valuable.

DSCN1424It is a sort of exchange program, where you can of course bring in skills of your own, and gain just more than skills. The other assets can be under-standing the work ethics of your new geography, being updated with current ways of work and technology, which is not very easily done by oneself.

By volunteering we are as good as signing up for practical school, and training on work.

Of course every claim has to explain and be supported by a personal experience, but instead of citing just my experience, let me assure you, there are more than a dozen cases of people you will find in your own expat community, who volunteer. Take the chance to talk and ask them about how it helps and if they recommend it.

DSCN9506Although most do not translate to jobs, for sure, it will come very handy when you are preparing for an interview. In my personal experience of two months of volunteering at the city library; I met many people of age as well as experience, with many stories to tell me, and may questions for me.

It was this time, where I met other volunteers who had many varied ideas and perspectives, of not just volunteering but also life!

If nothing else, I can rest assure you that this is an enriching experience, and a must try.