My life
My Belgium

This is the Belgium of today – and tomorrow – told through individual stories of people who inspire us. Their vision for their country embraces diverse ideas, opinions, cultures, races, genders, languages, and religions. They also share a common experience: participating in a U.S. Embassy-sponsored exchange or grant program.

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Featured stories

Youth

Kimia Anousheh

Kimia Anousheh is a young activist committed to positive social change and to motivating others to join her in that mission. She participated in the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Program (BFTP) through the U.S. Embassy in Belgium.

Arts & Culture

Sarah Avci

For Sarah Avci, the arts are a powerful tool for supporting underprivileged women with positive and meaningful experiences. She participated in the IVLP KARAMAH Leadership Exchange Course through the U.S. Embassy in Belgium.

Entrepreneurs

Wietse Van Ransbeeck

Wietse Van Ransbeeck’s work as a social entrepreneur focuses on supporting people’s right to have a voice in their government. He participated in the 2018 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship through the U.S. Embassy in Belgium.

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

Youssef Kobo

Youssef Kobo applies his entrepreneurial talents to programs for social action, and in particular, to the empowerment of young leaders. He has participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) through the U.S. Embassy in Belgium.

Journalists

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.

Educators

Hannah Leyns

Hannah is a teacher in Molenbeek, and an Alumni coordinator at TADA Toekomst Atelier de l’Avenir where she inspires underprivileged kids to become role models and reach their full potential.

Entrepreneurs

Sihame El Kaouakibi

In a March 2019 interview, Sihame El Kaouakibi discussed social entrepreneurship and education as tools for social change. She participated in the 2014 “International Visitors Leadership Program ” (IVLP) sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Belgium. 

Our programs

Study of the U.S. Institutes

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) and Secondary Educators are post-graduate level academic programs. The institutes consist of a 4-5 week academic residency and a 1-2 week educational study tour to a different region of the United States.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit is an annual summit that showcases entrepreneurs and investors from around the world, creating new opportunities for partnership and collaboration between American entrepreneurs/investors and their international counterparts.

Fulbright program

The Fulbright Program is the leading international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to better mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. In addition to exchange programs, competitive, merit-based grants are also awarded annually in most fields of study.

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!