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Happy Summer!

Warm greetings from all of us at the Transition Center. Although in the middle of high transition period for the foreign affairs community, we have been actively engaged with colleagues to push the envelope in addressing mental health challenges faced by youths and young adults. Late adolescence is a time of much change and development, and also a time some mental disorders first emerge: problems like mood disorders, body image issues, and flagging motivation. Add onto that the predictable readjustment challenges of moving overseas – or back home – and it is clear that the children of government employees who are assigned abroad need particular attention and support. We are working closely with partners in the Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies to understand the depth of the problem and to increase our attention to providing that support. We have also started our summer youth program – Young Diplomats Overseas Preparation. The first offering this summer of the two day course attracted over 60 kids in three age ranges. See below for more details.

Ray Leki, Director
Sharon Hardy, Deputy Director

Post-It of the Month


Whether you're bidding on your next post or getting ready to sail, all foreign affairs personnel and their families can access our Post Info To Go database. Email the OBC with the posts you'd like more information about!

Is Dhaka – or any other post – in your future? Here are a few things you should know about this post:

Dhaka, Bangladesh is the tenth most populous city in the world, home to some 18 million inhabitants. The city sits to the east of the Buriganga River in central Bangladesh, atop the Bay of Bengal. With a warm, tropical climate, the country experiences a dry season and a monsoon which can bring anywhere between 200-300 inches of rain annually. The official language of Bangladesh is Bengali, but many people speak some level of English.

Though housing in Dhaka consists mostly of high-rise apartments, they tend to be spacious and well-outfitted. Newer buildings may be equipped with pools and gyms. Housing is located in two neighborhoods, one located closer to the American Club and one located closer to the school.

Most people consider Dhaka to be a relatively safe city, although it is important to use common safety sense as with any major metropolitan area. However, protests, strikes, and political unrest are not uncommon, and such events may restrict movement around the city. Foreigners may attract some attention, but it is mostly curiosity-based and harmless.

Many people choose to join clubs which put on many events for both adults and children. The CLO at post is active in organizing community activities, and the schools host many extracurriculars for children. There are many gyms to choose from, and clubs offer many fitness classes to take advantage of. Dhaka also features many restaurants and shopping malls.

To get more information on Dhaka or any other post, email the Overseas Briefing Center.




Protocol and U.S. Representation

July 11, 9:00am–4:00pm | Last two offerings of FY15 - July 11 and September 19 - REGISTER TODAY!

This hands-on course helps participants gain practical knowledge of diplomatic protocol and U.S. representational responsibilities pertinent to Foreign Service life. Upon completion participants will have gained confidence to attend receptions, make introductions, plan seating arrangements for a formal dinner, and adhere to formal dining etiquette. This course is offered 10 times a year and is well worth your Saturday!���������

Portable Careers: Employment Options – NEW DESIGN!

August 6, 9:0am–4:00pm | Family member employment continues to be one of the most challenging issues for Foreign Service families. Come to this newly redesigned class and learn about various portable career options such as teleworking, teaching and small-business entrepreneurship. ���������

Free Program for Kids - Young Dilpmats Overseas Preparation

July 13–14, July 20–21, July 27–28, August 3–4, August 10–11, 9:00am–4:00pm | The Transition Center offers a FREE 2-day Summer Youth Program for children of all foreign affairs agencies in Grades 2-12. It is offered multiple times in the summer (see dates).

The program includes two days of interactive exploration into the world of diplomacy, the realities of living overseas as an American, safety and security threats overseas, and learning how to protect themselves. Children are divided by age and all information is shared using age-appropriate activities and details. **Session attendance is limited. Register now to guarantee your preferred session!

** PLEASE NOTE: A parent or guardian is required to be on campus.

To register, contact indicating the target date, the name of youth participant(s), rising grade levels, agency affiliation, and preferred email address for communication.���������


Overseas Briefing Center


Visit the OBC During Extended Hours in July

The Overseas Briefing Center will be open for extended hours on July 15 until 6 PM and then again on July 18 from 9 AM - 1 PM. If you would like to take advantage of the extended hours for July 18 (Saturday) submit your name and the names of anyone in your household who will accompany you to no later than 12 noon on July 17.

A representative from the Family Liaison Office's Employment group will be presenting an information session about family member employment at 10:00 AM for those who are interested. Seating is open to all those interested and the session will be held in a classroom adjacent to the Overseas Briefing Center at FSI on July 18.

There will also be a representative from USAID to provide information about family member employment options and advice for working with USAID at missions and projects overseas.

Questions? Contact the Overseas Briefing Center at to learn more about the upcoming extended hours.

Checklist for Moving Overseas

��������� If you are facing an international relocation in the near future, you might be asking yourself, "What do I do first?" There are numerous tasks to plan for and handle and no shortage of items to add to a to-do list. Fortunately, the OBC has a downloadable checklist that provides recommended actions starting at 120 days prior to depature.

Download the OBC Moving Overseas checklist at:

Get Your Post Info to Go!

��������� Are you looking for your next post? Do you need more details about life at post? Post Info To Go (on the State intranet) from the Overseas Briefing Center (FSI/TC/OBC) offers you a wide array of insights and knowledge from posts worldwide. Don't have access to the State intranet? Email the OBC for assistance and additional information about using Post Info To Go no matter where you are.

There are also a variety of supplemental resources that have been compiled on our publicly accessible site at: Examples of resources include:
  • Allowances at each post (TIP! This information is available in a compiled format in Post Info To Go and you can compare up to three countries side-by-side!)
  • Travel warnings and consular information sheets
  • Links to Foreign Service Life Skills Training information
  • List of Foreign Affairs Offices and organizations
Don't know where to start? Contact the Overseas Briefing Center to discuss your questions and find answers for your next move to post!

View OBC's Extended Hours
Foreign Service Institute | Room E-2126
Email Us | 703.302.7276 | Weekdays 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM


Career Transition Center

Upcoming Courses...

Mid-Career Retirement Planning Seminar

Are you more than ten years away from retirement eligibility and in the early-to-mid stages of your career? This two-day future-oriented financial and legal seminar is for you!

Course Dates
November 9 – 10, 2015
January 12 – 13, 2016
May 3 - 4, 2016
June 8 – 9, 2016

Retirement Planning Seminar

Do you have fewer than ten years until retirement? Don't wait! Prepare by attending the four-day seminar as soon as possible.

Course Dates
July 27 – 30, 2015 (space is available!)
September 28 – October 1, 2015
November 30 – December 3, 2015
March 1 – 4, 2016
April 11 – 14, 2016
June 20 – 23, 2016
July 25 – 28, 2016
September 26 – 29, 2016

Job Search (Transition) Program

Leaving full-time U.S. Government work? Focus on your transition and get help with planning the next phase of your personal/professional life by enrolling in JSP!

Course Dates
August 3 – September 25, 2015
October 5 – 30, 2015
March 7 – April 29, 2016
August 8 – September 30, 2016  


Transition Center Links                             Partner Offices and Organizations
  » Transition Center                                    » Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide
  » Career Transition Center                      » American Foreign Service Association
  » Overseas Briefing Center                     » Family Liaison Office
  » Foreign Service Life Skills Training    » Foreign Service Youth Foundation
  » Foreign Service Institute                       » Office of Allowances
  » Security Training                                     » Office of Medical Services
  » High Stress Assignment Outbrief       » Overseas Schools
  » Overseas Crisis Readiness                  » Retirement Network
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