My life
My Belgium

This is the Belgium of today – and tomorrow – told through the individual stories of people who inspire us. Their vision for their country embraces diversity of thought, opinion, culture, race, gender, language and religion. They also share the experience of participating in a U.S. Embassy-sponsored exchange or grant program.

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Featured stories


Kimia Anousheh

Kimia participated in a 4 week program called Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship (BFTF) “I made friendships for life with people from all around the world.” Kimia testifies.


Hans Maes

As President of the youth wing of the Flemish Liberals Hans Maes was chosen to participate in an International Visitors Leadership Program to learn more about the U.S. elections.

Civic Engagement

Hendrikje Meyvis

Hendrikje is project designer at !Drops and works on a lot of projects with refugees. One of these projects, Connected.Dots, was with the support of the US Embassy.

Arts & Culture

Sarah Avci

Sarah is a socially engaged activist and an expert on gender equality and ethnicity. In 2007 she went on an IVLP KARAMAH Leadership Exchange Course.

Arts & Culture

Fatena Al Ghorra

In 2017 the U.S. Embassy in Brussels nominated Fatena Al Ghorra to participate in the University of  Iowa’s International Writing Program as a Belgian writer of the Arab diaspora. Fatena’s passion in life is writing poetry from the heart.

Civic Engagement

Imane Bakkioui

Even though Imane Bakkioui is only 21, she already participated in 2 embassy sponsored programs: Women to Women (W2W) and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Civic Engagement

Jens Depelchin

Jens Depelchin is passionate about people. He’s active in civic engagement at !DROPS. They work on projects empowering refugees in Belgium.

Honor & Remember

Coralie Bonnet

Coralie Bonnet has been a partner of the U.S. Embassy for many years. She’s active in her community promoting peace and remembrance. She went on an IVLP Program in 2017.

Our programs

KARAMAH Law and Leadership Summer Program

KARAMAH’s Law and Leadership Summer Program (taking place in Washington DC) brings together a select group of Muslim women from around the world to learn from each other and from distinguished professors.

Grants Program

The office of Public Diplomacy manages the U.S. Embassy in Brussels grants program. The Grants Program assists non-profit, educational and cultural organizations to implement programs that advance U.S.-Belgium ties.

Women2Women International Leadership Program

This program engages young women leaders in an intensive action-oriented leadership training and conference held annually in Boston, Ma.

Your life your Belgium?

Make it your own story!

Are you someone making a difference in Belgium, just like these people? Then we would love to hear from you! Take a look at our U.S. Embassy programs and see which ones will help you do extraordinary things.

Inspired? Let us know!