Who are we?
We are Jan en Anneriet Boonen. We are the initiators of Vita Tilburg. During our own studentdays we have benefited greatly from a setting where you could make friends, discuss existential questions and where you could just be yourself. After our graduation we lived in Sarajevo for three years, to create such a setting for Bosnian students. In 2008 we came back to The Netherlands. Jan went on to work as an IT architect and Anneriet as student pastor and lifecoach in Tilburg.
We would like to develop Vita Tilburg together with students and young professionals themselves.
Your student days are not meant for just acquiring cognitive abilities but also for gaining practical life skills and engaging in questions about meaning. We would like to present you with an offer that students and young professionals can go to with their own specific questions, to explore what makes life worth living together.
Moreover, from all kinds of research it appears that students’ well-being is under pressure. Well-being is closely connected to your finding meaning in your life. We want to get to work at the forefront of well-being and meaning .
Vita Tilburg is a pioneering place of de Protestantse Gemeente in Tilburg. Other congregations that support Vita Tilburg are Ontmoetingskerk Tilburg, GKIN Tilburg, PKN Oisterwijk en PKN Hilvarenbeek.
We keep in close contact with Tilburg University and Fontys Hogeschool Tilburg. In that way we can constantly adapt what we have on offer to the perceived needs of students and young professionals.
Vita Tilburg is part of Vita Communities. In several cities with students comparable initiatives are underway.