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Foreign Service Institute: The Transition Center – The Training Center offers wonderful seminars and classes; the Overseas Briefing Center has materials about every post in the world to help in your bidding research; and the Career Transition Center offers information related to family employment and retraining.
Overseas Briefing Center - You will find over 260 post-specific briefing boxes. These include medical information, security data, school information, and much more. The OBC has recently added 35 domestic briefing boxes to their collection, which may help families research field office bidding choices.
Family Liaison Office (FLO) – FLO provides a huge variety of services to family members, including assistance in the areas of employment, education, crisis management, unaccompanied tours, and much more. You might want to start with their publication It’s Your Move, but their web site is comprehensive and very helpful.
Office of Overseas Schools (OOS) – Overseeing the schools where State Department children are in attendance, and providing direct and indirect assistance to 195 international schools overseas. Check their web site for school fact sheets and contact them for information on special needs education options as well.
Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) – Supports children, teens and families of foreign affairs agents. Great events for families and teens are offered in the DC area, and contests/scholarships are open to kids worldwide, including the popular KidVid contest.
Associates of the Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) – Founders of the heavily used “Lifelines” online discussion group, this organization also offers youth scholarships, a wonderful newsletter, a playgroup for DC families, and much more. They also sell the book Realities of Foreign Service Life.
Trailing Houses — A Facebook group for household members of the world-wide mission-related American community and their FSO’s (single and tandem FSO’s also welcome). Trailing Houses is a private, moderated group with restricted membership.
Foreign Service Life Skills Training Courses
Realities of Foreign Service Life Training (free online training)
The FAST TRAIN Elementary Education Program is designed for prospective and current teachers who want to work with PK-6 students in international schools around the world. Participants can earn a Virginia state teacher’s license in elementary education with the option of pursing a Master’s degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction.
SOCIAL MEDIA GROUPS IN THE FOREIGN SERVICE
LinkedIn – PROPS (Professional Partners and Spouses)
LinkedIn – Trailing Spouse Network LinkedIn Group
LinkedIn – FLO Global Employment Initiative (GEI)
Psychotherapists in the US Foreign Service
Outward Bound Nurse
GENERAL FOREIGN SERVICE SOCIAL MEDIA GROUPS
Livelines Discussion Group – Yahoo group
AAFSW Global Connection – Facebook group
Trailing Houses – Facebook group
RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPING SOCIAL MEDIA
AAFSW Guide “Connect Your Overseas Post Community”
Directive on Social Media and Security Clearances
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SPECIFIC GROUPS
Some groups are secret; please contact email@example.com to inquire about groups serving specific needs or posts.
AAFSW Foreign-Born Spouses – Facebook group
AAFSW DCM and PO Spouses – Facebook group
For FS employees
Foreign Service Officer Group – Facebook group
Diplomatic Security Group – Facebook group
Foreign Service Tandem Couples – Facebook group
Balancing Act at State – Facebook group
The “New” FS EFM – Facebook group
Supports EFMs from diverse demographics.
Foreign Service Forum (Unofficial!)
Foreign Service Specialists
GROUPS FOCUSED ON SPECIFIC EMPLOYMENT/PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS
LinkedIn – PROPS – Professional Partners/Spouses of FS
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
EFMs Helping Other EFMs Find Employment – Facebook group
EFM Entrepreneurs – Facebook group
EFM Freelance Writers – Facebook group
Artist Abroad – Facebook group
Psychotherapists in the Foreign Service – Facebook group
FS Yoga Teachers – Facebook Group
For Foreign Service Parents
AAFSW Parents – Facebook group
FSParent – Yahoo group
AAFSW Playgroup – Facebook group (Playgroup in DC area)
FSSpecialNeeds – Yahoo group
AAFSW Special Needs Families – Facebook group
Mutual support group for special needs families
AAFSW Boarding School Parents – Facebook group
Foreign Service College Bound – Facebook group
FSHomeSchool – Yahoo group
FSHomeSchool – Facebook group
French School Families – Facebook Group
Families at Oakwood Falls Church
Multilingual FS kids
For Those with Pets
Fabulous Foreign Service Pets – Facebook group
Yahoo Group for FS community members with pets.
FOREIGN SERVICE LIFE – MISCELLANEOUS
Support group for those caring for an elderly relative or facing the loss or serious illness of a parent.
Foreign Service Bloggers – Facebook groups
FS Borrow Barter Sell – Facebook group
Drexel & Other FS Housing Hacks – Facebook group
Foreign Service Unaccompanied Tour Group – Facebook group
Toolbox for Americans Abroad
Single in the Service
Suggest to add – FS Real Estate Investors
TH Travel Tips
FS House Hunters International
FS – Retirement Planning
FS Sell It or List It
POST-SPECIFIC SOCIAL MEDIA
NOTE: Many post-specific groups and blogs are secret for security reasons. To find out about groups for your post, contact your Community Liaison Office (CLO) or write to email@example.com for help. AAFSW members can also access a list of groups in the members-only section of www.aafsw.org.
Belgrade (Serbia) community website
Berlin (Germany) community website
Brasilia (Brazil) community website
Dakar (Senegal) community website
Singapore “Chicken Rice and Apple Pie” – Closed group
Jakarta (Indonesia) community website
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia “Neighborly Nomads” (closed group)
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