Kimia participated in a 4 week program called Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship (BFTF) This program takes place over the summer at a college in the U.S. and consists of lectures, workshops, voluntary work, and lots of meetings. “I made friendships for life with people from all around the world.” Kimia testifies.
Hi I’m Kimia. I’m 16 years old and I live in Roeselare. I’m still in high school where I study Greek and Latin.
“I’m a citizen of the world, I feel like I belong to the family of humanity. For me home is where I can find peace and rest. Home is where my heart takes me. Home can be everywhere in the world as I love traveling.
It’s very difficult to define my identity because I feel like it is not complete yet. There are lots of experiences, and people, that help form my identity and so it’s constantly changing.
My passions are philosophy & politics. I love to have conversations with people to get to know how they feel about politics and society at large, and what kind of improvements they would like to make.
I had the privilege of participating in the BFTF (Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship) The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic institute is a four-week program hosted by a U.S. college.
The program is academic in nature, and focuses on specific themes related to global issues. It consists of lectures, workshops, voluntary work, and lots of meetings. I made friendship with people from all around the world.
I had an amazing experience in the U.S. It was my first time volunteering. I made so many new friends and connections. I learned so much. It was all like one big adventure. I was surprised to see that next to the planned schedule there was also room for meetings with faculty members, refugee children, or experts in a specific field.
It was very inspiring to meet with so many people that make a difference in society. I didn’t expect to become part of such a vast network myself.
My goals and my hopes for the future are that I want to work with people that have the same passions as I do. People willing to make improvements to society. I truly hope that everyone finds a place that he or she can call home. I wish everyone has the freedom to think about what they want to achieve in life.
I would like to raise people’s aware of their influence on society. People need to cease the moment, and grab a hold of opportunities. Students in particular, need to be made aware of all the opportunities out there. Involve them, engage with them!
I feel that voluntary work is something people in Belgium can be a bigger part of. I think it’s a matter of raising awareness about all the opportunities that are out there.“I wish people would get more opportunities like the one I had with BFTF.”