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

Civic Engagement

Taoufik Amzile

Taoufik Amzile is a Belgian-Moroccan, socially engaged Muslim entrepreneur. He’s really passionate about helping disadvantaged Brussels’ youth jump start their professional careers.

Entrepreneurship

Julie Foulon

Julie Foulon has 2 passions: new technologies and entrepreneurship. She participated in the IVLP program and toured the U.S. to discover more about start-ups and innovation.

Arts & Culture

Melat Nigussie

Meet Melat! An Ethiopian-Belgian living in Brussels with a heart for writing and activism. She participated in an IVLP to Washington DC, NYC, Charlotte CA, Santa Fe NM, and San Diego, CA

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.

Youth

Alexandra Smarandescu

Together with 125 girls from 25 different countries, chairwoman of the Flemish Youth Council and law student Alexandra participated in the Women2Women conference in Boston.

Media

Romina Van Camp

As TV journalist at the foreign news desk, Romina Van Camp was the perfect candidate for an International Visitors Leadership Program on the 2016 elections.

STEM

Jasna Rokegem

Combining innovative technologies with interactive fashion, Jasna Rokegem was chosen as global entrepreneur of 2017 by the US Embassy and participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India.

Government

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.

Our programs

Global Sports Mentoring Program

The Global Sports Mentoring Program provides one-month mentorship experiences. The experiences focus on empowering emerging leaders to serve their local communities by increasing access to sports and opportunities for sports participation.

Sports Visitor Program

The sports visitors programs are sports-themed exchange programs that take place over two weeks. The programs include activities and sessions on nutrition, strength and conditioning, gender equity in sport, Title IX, sport and disability, and team building.

Emerging Young Leaders Award and Exchange Program

The Emerging Young Leaders Award is granted to 10 outstanding young leaders from across the globe. The young leaders selected are given the opportunity to visit the United States for an intensive 2-week program designed to recognize and support their efforts to enact positive social transformation. The program includes an award ceremony in Washington DC, meetings with U.S. government officials and NGOs, and a trip to Austin, Texas to participate in professional meetings with American counterparts.

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!