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

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.

Sports

Caroline Lembe

Caroline uses boxing as a tool to empower women and create more awareness around mental and physical health. The Global Sports Mentoring Program helped her believe in herself and her goal.

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)

Entrepreneurship

Sihame El Kaouakibi

Social entrepreneur Sihame El Kaouakibi participated in an IVLP in 2014 and has since then, in addition to her already successful Let’s Go Urban! project, launched various other projects.

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

Media

Steven Decraene

Steven Decraene is a journalist for the public broadcaster VRT. Whatever happens in the world he gets dispatched and reports on it. Steven participated in an International Visitors Leaders Program.

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.

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.

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.

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Institute (BFTF)

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic institutes are intensive summer exchange programs hosted by a U.S. college or university. The programs are academic in nature, focusing specific theme relating to a global issue. Exchange typically last 4 weeks.

YTILI Fellowship

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship is a flagship young European leaders program of the U.S. Department of State that is supported in its implementation by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

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!