Our busiest season of transition is upon us. The Transition Center (TC) team continues to innovate with new course material, both in-class and online, and an exciting summer offering of classes and workshops. In April, our free Realities of Foreign Service Life resource joined Overseas Crisis Readiness on the Internet. Visit them often!
This month, we've added a highly-interactive Advanced Security Overseas Seminar to FSI's body of distance learning modules. And we are also pleased to announce the launch of a new seminar aimed at teaching the essentials of security awareness to international organizations and NGOs.
Family member registrations for our newly-revised EFM employment courses have increased and the training team is working on an exciting new session for this coming July. For those of you in town during June, July, and August, consider bringing your kids to our popular Summer Youth Program, explained below. We ask you to "catch the wave" with training, "lean in" and learn with us, and join the excitement happening here in TC!
Ray Leki, Director
Sharon Hardy, Deputy Director
Overseas Briefing Center
Short-Term Housing Near FSI
If you are returning to the Washington, DC, area, OBC has a new resource featuring short-term housing options. Locator companies are also available to help you find a short-term quarters at no cost to you. Please contact the Overseas Briefing Center for more comprehensive information about school districts, per diem sliding scales, shuttle buses, and properties that allow pets.
Returning to Washington, DC?
Whether Washington, DC is your next "foreign" destination or if you are arriving for the first time, get prepared for your transition. Our helpful reentry resources will illustrate the many opportunities available to you. We also have information on housing, recreation links, pet shipping, and summer camps.
FREE Summer Youth Program:
Young Diplomats Overseas Preparation
**Register now to guarantee your preferred session**
Children (in grades 2 to 12) of foreign affairs agency employees headed or already overseas are invited to an introduction to the world of diplomacy and the realities of living overseas as an American. Over the course of two days, our young diplomats will explore safety and security threats they might face in an overseas environment and identify resources to protect themselves. This course is highly interactive. Children are divided by age and all information is shared using age appropriate activities and details. Course dates and registration information are available on the web page.
Spread the word! Use this flyer to share details of this free program with your foreign affairs colleagues.
June 8 (Saturday): Communicating Across Cultures
Whether you are a veteran global nomad or new to the lifestyle, this course is a must for all employees and adult family members headed overseas. Join American University professor Dr. Gary Weaver for this hands-on experience in adjusting to variations in cultural values and communication styles found in overseas work and life. Participants will identify key cultural values, identify personal reactions to cultural differences, and explore effective strategies for living with cultural diversity.
Career Transition Center
Mid-Career Retirement Planning Seminar (RV105)
Are you more than ten years away from retirement eligibility? This two-day future-oriented financial and legal seminar is for you!
Next Course Dates:
January 15–16, 2014
May 7–8, 2014
June 10–11, 2014
Retirement Planning Seminar (RV101)
Are you less than ten years from retirement eligibility? Prepare now by attending the four-day RPS.
Next Course Dates:
July 29–August 1
September 30–Oct. 3
February 25–28, 2014
Job Search Program (RV102)
Leaving full-time U.S. Government work? Focus on your transition and plan the next phase of your professional and personal lives in JSP!
Next Course Dates:
August 5–September 30
October 7–November 29, 2013
March 3–April 30, 2014
Note: Registration is completed by your CDO or HR/Training Officer in conjunction with retirement applications.
High Stress Assignments Outbrief Program
Coming Home was Supposed to be the Easy Part…
Whether you are assigned to Afghanistan, Iraq, Tripoli, Ciudad Juarez or any other post that puts you in danger, we honor your service and look forward to welcoming you home.
High Stress Assignment Outbrief: Special Session
If an employee cannot attend a regularly scheduled Outbrief Program, a Special Session (individual meeting) can be arranged.