New members of the Belgium forum, introduce yourselves here - 2019

Hi all,

Newbie on the Belgium forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country,
or to tell us more on your expat projects in Belgium if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

I am currently working offshore in India for UK's Insurance Company's Motor Claim's team as the Technical Claim's Expert/ Subject Matter Expert. I have overall 23 years of career life of which I worked abroad in Abu Dhabi for 12 years as an Executive secretary and Insurance industry for past 10 years. Just wanted help in understanding if its easy for an Indian to get job anywhere in Belgium in Insurance's Industry or any other company.

My name is Siviwe and I have been living in Belgium for one year now. I moved here due to a work transfer and have settled into the country quite well actually - apart for the major fact it is very difficult to make friends here.
So Im taking a leap of faith and putting myself out there and attempting to build a network of sorts.

I am a 29 year female living in Sint Niklaas and working at the Port. Very outgoing and would love to get to meet other expats and start building a life here.

Dear Friends,

My name is Merve. I am a Turkish girl. Currently i am working as an export manager in aluminium door and window company. We have many costumers from European countries.

Our company is planning to open a branch in Antwerp Belgium soon. That's why I'm going to settle in Belgium soon.

I speak fluent English and Spanish. And my Arabic is also intermediate. I heard  a lot of Turks live in Belgium. I already have a Turkish friend who lives in Brussels. I hope everything's gonna be great.❤

I already want to meet the locals here and the people living in Belgium.

Hello Guys,

My name is Saygin, I'm from Turkey but I live in Bulgaria, as soon as my "single permit" appear we are going to move to Antwerp as a Marine Engineer with my wife and two children ( 1st - 2 years old and 2nd -19 days old).

I'm already really excited. Hope we can help to each other.

A lot of hugs,

Myself Mohammed Mubasheer, i am planning to migrate to Belgium. I have 9 years of experience in IT industry with technologies NetApp storage, VMware , Linux. Currently I am in Hyderabad, India. Will it be easy for me to come there and get job in few months. Please advice.

Hi everybody,

My name is Silvia, I am Italian and I recently moved for love to a small village, 20 minutes from Liege.   
Since then, I am only speaking French (my boyfriend is Belgian) but I do not want to lose my English fluency, therefore I am looking for English speaking (mother tongue) friends to chat, share thoughts or simply to grab a beer.
Few words about me: travelling is my passion! I also love cooking, especially Italian food, going to concerts (rock music) and just hanging out with friends.

Bon fin de semaine à tout le monde ;)
Silvia

Hello community!

My girlfriend and I hope to take residence in Antwerp from June to the end of August. I'll be working on a consulting assignment while she will be finishing her medical studies there. We're currently looking for a furnished appartment, hope to find something!

Kind regards,

Seb & Cath

I am Sanghamitra. I will be moving to Brussels in 1st of April and will be working as a consultant in an IT organisation.

Jonathan here.  My husband is planning on retiring in two years and as we have family in Antwerp we are hoping to move/retire there.  So doing a lot of research in things ahead of time and planning on doing a bunch of 'trial runs'

Hello everyone.
I'm Eleonore.
We were living in Paris before.
We have been in Brussels for 1 year now and are staying 2 more years.
Our second baby is born here in Brussels.
I work as a consultant as is my husband.

See you

hi...another newbie :)
Single mother with a stable full time job and currently dating a Dutch national living in Belgium. We're planning on settling down but the journey is a lot more complicated with a child as compared if I were single. It's scary with all the uncertainties (am very used to being independent financially providing for my child) to moving and not having the financial freedom.
Also the process for the move seems a bit tricky and we're not sure where to get started and am hoping for some advice from those who've had experience moving/ marrying in Belgium with an EU citizen who's not Belgian.

Have a great week ahead everyone :)

Cheers!

Hello Everybody!

I’m Ashwin. I moved to Brussels from London early March. I’m an Indian national. I’m working as an advanced analytics lead with a Pharma company here.

It’s only been a month here and I’m already loving it. My hobbies are swimming, playing the piano, badminton and tennis.

I’m looking for fellow musicians (intermediate level) who’d be interested in jamming over the weekend.

Have a great weekend all.

King Regards,
Ashwin

Hello everyone,

I am Nikhil from India and currently living in the city of Bangalore in India. This September 2019, I am going to join Ugent for my European MS in Photonics(Applied Physics).
I am hoping to make some friends from across the world who are currently living in Ghent or soon going to shift to Ghent. In the process, if I could get some practical information about Ghent that would be amazing.

Cheers!!

My name is Gregor, I'm 30 years old and from Austria. Since June of last year I've been working as a Radiation Protection Technician in Doel and I'll stay there until May next year. I just rented a small house between Sint-Gillis-Waas and Kemzeke that keeps me busy during my vacation. But it's nice to have my own place after living out of suitcases for the last two years.
I hardly have any contacts around here so I wouldn't mind to get to know some expats living in the area.

Hi, my name is Karoline. I am Belgian, I love writing, and I love speaking English :)
I organize creative writing classes in Leuven. Are there any authors here?

Hello All,

I live and work in Flemish part of Belgium. I made it already some years and speak basic Dutch. Joined the forum to be able to network. Originally, I am from Ethiopia. If someone here is up for sharing some Ethiopian coffee or cultural talk, feel free to reach out to me.

Looking forward!
Martha

Hello Karoline,

How can I find more details about your creative writing sessions in Leuven?
I live in Leuven and I would like to consider following it, if I can easily combine it with my other commitments.

thanks,
Martha

Hi Martha,
Thanks for your reply! I forgot to include th link to my website: ***
Would be nice if we could all write stories together!
Karoline

I'm guessing this site does not allow for direct links to websites? If you google Creative Writer's Café Leuven, you will also end up on the site!
Kind regards
Karoline

I found the Web link interesting, thanks!

Hi everyone

My name is Maria and I am from the Caribbean (Jamaican-born, but have lived in other countries). I love to travel, meet new people and experience different cultures. I will be studying at KU Leuven in September and I need tips for an easy transition.

Hello! I don't know any French or Italian, but I don't mind helping you practice English when I do get to Belgium. I love teaching, and although I do not have any formal TESL experience, I have helped a friend from Peru (a beginner in English when I met her) to reach intermediate level through informal interactions. September is far away, but I am up for the task.

Hey everyone!!

Narendran here. An Indian who loves to travel and venture out of my comfort zone!!

Also passionate about cooking, learning new languages (Currently it's français), cycling and many more things. 
 
Currently based in Chennai and I hope to start an interesting phase of my life in Antwerp by Aug/Sept as I am awaiting my work & residence permit.

Glad I joined this forum as I would like to gather many insights about life in Belgium and obviously make new friends. :-)

Cheers and see you all soon,

Best!!

Narendran Kumar :

Hey everyone!!

Narendran here. An Indian who loves to travel and venture out of my comfort zone!!

Also passionate about cooking, learning new languages (Currently it's français), cycling and many more things. 
 
Currently based in Chennai and I hope to start an interesting phase of my life in Antwerp by Aug/Sept as I am awaiting my work & residence permit.

Glad I joined this forum as I would like to gather many insights about life in Belgium and obviously make new friends. :-)

Cheers and see you all soon,

Best!!

Welcome to my country, it is always nice to receive people who are interested in other cultures than theirs. You will see that the Belgian can be very welcoming and open if you leave the English yoke to learn one of the local languages ...

And if you have some questions, raise a new topic.

Thank you for the warm welcome, Philpiemar.

The reason to have the drive to learn & be a part of new cultures stems from the fact that I grew up in 10+ cities and counting!!

Will reach out in this community for any future queries.


Best!!

Hi, I'm Harshaniy. I have been a teacher of English for the past 20 years in my country, Sri Lanka. But I hope to move to Belgium very soon. I have found work in wichelen, which is not a teaching job. Unfortunately, my employer hasn't been able to get the work permit which enables me to get my visa. So, I thought I could find a teaching job there which I'm familiar with and move there.
I visited my friend in Sint Nicklaas last August and this April. I hope to visit in coming August again. I sincerely appreciate advice and friendship which I'm greatly in need.
Regards.

Hello expat community,
Happy to be a new member.
Greetings

Sebastian

sebastiandar :

Hello expat community,
Happy to be a new member.
Greetings

Sebastian

Dzień dobry i Witaj w Belgii

Welcome in Belgium Sebastian

NEWBIE
My name is Sam.  Iam currently planning to move to Belgium from Republic of Ireland in June 2019.

I am looking to rent an apartment  in not too expensive area like  400 euro per month and to obtain a residency card. My intention is to move my company's operation to Belgium.
I have no idea where to start.  Can anybody be of help, please?

Prominence :

NEWBIE
My name is Sam.  Iam currently planning to move to Belgium from Republic of Ireland in June 2019.

Hi Sam,
Welcome to Belgium, thank you for creating a separate question from your presentation in order to be able to answer you clearly.

Hi, everyone!
My name is Elena and I am living in Wallonie since december. I am really in love with Belgium, I like to learn the story and traditions of the country and I am already ready to share ;)
I like dancing - so I am looking for good dance studio or something like that (or I am ready to share my dancing skills with someone who is interested). I like learning foreign languages - so I will be happy to practice French and mostly - English with native (my level - is around Upper-Intermediate in English, and B1 in French). I like running and fitness - anyone can join me also. I like Photography, visiting new places, cooking (it's nice to share receips of different cuisines)...

Alors, I am looking for friends with common interests and I will be happy to share my experience about life and interesting places in Belgium.

Wish you all a nice day! :cheers:

Hello) if you need some tips or questions about Belgium I am ready to help) my boyfriend studied at this university (in French part). Btw, we like Georgia very much.

Hi
My name is Sabah from lebanon, moving to Gent , I am new here , I want to start learning Dutch if someone recommends me where the best language center.
I worked before as office manager and HR .
looking to find after any job .
Regards
Sabah

Hello everyone!

My name is Mileshree and I'm from Johannesburg, South Africa. I'm currently awaiting my single permit to begin my new role in September. My husband and 11 month old daughter will be joining me. We are looking to settle down in Brussels.

My husband and I have started attending french lessons in hope of making the transition and integration easier. We grew up with Afrikaans as a second language so Dutch is a bit easier for us to grasp.

We are extremely excited and nervous for this next chapter. I have been following these forums for a while to gain knowledge and advice on certain topics - you all have been extremely helpful so a big thank you!

Best wishes to you all!

Hi,
I am jamaican living in the Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao).  I speak 4 language but none being duits lol.
I am interested in learning more about the country and info about moving there me my husband my toddler and our dog.

Any information is welcome
P.s iama nurse would also love info about getting jobs

MonMerisier2k19 :

Hi,
I am jamaican living in the Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao).  I speak 4 language but none being duits lol.
I am interested in learning more about the country and info about moving there me my husband my toddler and our dog.

Any information is welcome
P.s iama nurse would also love info about getting jobs

Welcome on our forum,

Why do not you follow what is mentioned in the charter of this website?

It is clearly explained to you to take the time to read the guide of the country which you wish to visit as well as to browse the various articles already published.

Because everything is clearly explained for 99% of the questions you ask ...

I am new here. Thats rude I guess I will be deleting this page thanks for the rudeness

MonMerisier2k19 :

I am new here. Thats rude I guess I will be deleting this page thanks for the rudeness

Hi,

If you consider that to say to you welcome on the forum then to read the code of conduct is rudeness.

I think you should review your priorities ...

https://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=191887

Still, I wish you luck

Welcome to new comers :)

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