GiT 5 year anniversary | Those were the days ..

DSCN5627The invitation for international spouses of TU/e to join the first GiT pilot group, was posted on in February 2011.

Shortly afterwards, the first Get in Touch Group started in the former location of Indigo-Wereld in the Hoogstraat ..

An exciting start of a great journey with international spouses from all over the world!

A long and winding road full of beautiful surprises .. below some looking back in key words and loads of images ..

Time flies .. already 5 years of warm GiT meetups, encounters, sessions with practical information .. sharing accomplished experiences & expertises from back home and developing new skills .. celebrating traditional feasts from ‘here’ and ‘there’ .. dancing, singing, music making  ..

Lots of visiting interesting and useful places in town .. tasting each others homefood in cooking workshops and creating handicraft in various art & craft workshops .. indoor and outdoor gatherings, picknicks, potlucks and more ..

Regularly extra activities such as participating in the Internationals Woman’s Days of Indigo-Wereld, in the colorful ‘Connect with my Culture’ event, creating our big ‘Get in touch with Get in Touch’ event @ TU/e ..

All the GiT spouses have ‘landed’ in Eindhoven from different places in the world .. and all of them brought their own tales, narratives and histories to Get in Touch .. and in sharing they/we always found common grounds ..

By discovering the new residential town together, GiT spouses created their own home in The Netherlands .. and found a balance in anchoring their new lives and still managing to stay deeply connected with back home ..

So many stories to tell about our Git gatherings .. from fruitgarden to dance shows .. from Sinterklaas parties to health care info .. from going on trips in and around Eindhoven and once even to the seaside to indoor reflection gatherings sharing stories from the heart .. and more ..

Looking back after 5 years I am thinking of all the awesome spouses and their partners in the past and present now and here today ..

It makes me warm and proud of our growing GiT family .. coming from everywhere and spreading out to everywhere again, but still keeping in touch somehow (thx to GiT Facebook and the GiT Blog too .. haha !) ..

Giving and taking .. no meeting the same, every single year a fresh adventure .. plus a brilliant recognition in the outside world as well .. with the international EMEA Award in London!

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Get in Touch .. energizing  .. socializing .. empowering ..  in the past, today and hopefully for many years to come .. inshallah !

Thanks to all the spouses, partners, helpers and others connected to Get in Touch

This post is to enjoy and remember some GiT highlights ..

Get in Touch Slideshow Eva Sperberg created for our GiT Hodgepodge Party (2014):

 

Below the interesting article, written by our former GiT intern Dirk van Eck: When ‘Space’ becomes ‘Place’

Last but not least our Get in Touch Film, realized by Duerinck Productions, about background & impact of our social support program for international spouses, created by Indigo-Wereld in close partnership with the Technical University in Eindhoven, and released @ our grand ‘Get in touch with Get in Touch’ Event.

Get in Touch Hodgepodge Party

Fereshteh Masoumi

Fereshteh Masoumi

On December 14, 2013, Get in Touch family held one of the memorable, interesting, enjoyable and delicious events, “The Hodgepodge Party”.  The ‘Hodgepodge’ means that we combine all kinds of celebrations, and about GIT family, it included: end of the year… Saying our welcomes or farewells to fellow spouses… Showing dress rehearsals of dance and djembé acts… watching the slideshow of GIT from start in 2011 until now. And peak at teaser fragments of the spouses’ home movie of Richa, supported by a lot of spouses, meant for newcoming spouses…

The nice poster of the party was designed by Eva who is one of the GIT family from Chile.

The Nice Poster of the Party Designed by Eva from Chile

The Party was hold in the Bunker. At the beginning of the party, each guest made a Christmas wish and wrote on the card. Later the cards were attached to the flowers.  At the end of the party the flowers and Christmas wishes were given to the guests.

Best Wishes for the New Year

Best Wishes for the New Year

Most of the ladies worked together in preparing this party alongside dear Carola and Iro. Eva, Fariba, Fereshteh M, Fereshteh N, Katja, Kiran, Melda, Nastya, Richa, Sahar, Sangay, Sheena. In fact cooperation, team-work in a friendly environment was the most important element.

Hodge Podge Team

Hodge Podge Team

The place of party was amazing, the walls were decorated with beautiful pictures of the previous events of GIT during 2013 that indicates the good times we had together, like Halloween, Sinter Klaas, Dance performance, Colors party, etc. Finally everything was in good order and ready for an exciting and beautiful party.

All is Ready

All is Ready

Most of the ladies who were involved in the GIT and their spouses took part in this event. Carola opened the party with a nice speech. She spoke about ‘HodgePodge’ Party, GIT family, activities, She also told the audience about the party’s different programs.

Carola's Opening Remarks

Carola’s Opening Remarks

Djembe music was the next, which was played by GIT family ladies. In this part, three ladies (Iro, Sheena and Kiranmhetre) with Monique as the leader played the djembé music. They could perform very nice and all the audience enjoyed their performance.

Djembé Group

Djembé Group

Bollywood dance was the next part of the party which was performed by Richa, Anastasia, Supriya and Iro that the dance group in GIT is lead by Richa. After a while, Iro left the group and the performance was continued with other ladies. They could perform a very good Bollywood dance.

Bollywood Dance Group

Bollywood Dance Group

Also, there was another especial event for one of the ladies. The party had coincidence with Sama’s birthday. The participants sang the birthday song in their own language, such as Persian, Spanish, Turkey, Dutch, …. Definitely she had a very special birthday night!

Happy Birthday Sama :)

Happy Birthday Sama 🙂

International dance was another part of the party. This dance is practiced and performed in some other events. In international dance is composed of 5 dances from 5 countries such as Srilanka, Iran, India, Russia and China. However, there are also some other dancers from US, Ukraine, Iran, India, China, Iraq and Chile, who were not able to take part. During each dance, the member from the country which dance is originated, stays in front of the dancers. Whenever the song changes, the front dancer replaces her position by other dancer. Actually, they did it professionally and that was great work. Monique, also helped with djembé music in international dance!

International Dance Group

International Dance Group

A movie was made and directed by some GIT ladies, Eva, Anastasia, Richa, Kiranmhetre, … This movie was showing the issues and problems that ladies who are moving to a new country such as The Netherlands, and how they can be more happy with taking part in GIT group activities.

GiT Movie

Get in Touch Movie

Finally dinner time arrived. Different food from different cultures and countries were prepared by participants. You could find food from the East of the world to the West and from North of the world to South with different ingredients. Organizer group already wrote the name of the food, country of origin, and ingredients. The reason was that, some people have allergic to some foods, or some people don’t eat especial foods or some are vegetarians.

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

After dinner, we removed carpets and tables to make the hall ready for the dance! Finally the party finished with the dance. Many songs were played. The songs were a mixture of songs form all countries and languages prepared by Anastasia.

Dancing Together

Dancing Together

Sridhar and Richa

Sridhar and Richa

Kate and her Partner

Kate and Szymon

Hani is always a good leader for Gangnam style dance 🙂

Hani Leads the Gangnam Style

Hani Leads the Gangnam Style

Monique is not only good in djembé music but also in dance.

Monique is on the Stage!

Monique is on the Dance Floor!

As always Iro is smiling and she danced so amazingly! Carola also showed her talent in dance. It was a big surprise for us!

Iro

Iro

Carola

Carola

Fereshteh Masoumi