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A happy 2015 to you from the Transition Center! We are back in full swing after the holiday season, preparing to welcome two new classes of Foreign Service Generalists and Specialists and offering a full schedule of courses, many of which are free, and are open to employees, spouses, partners, and the interagency foreign affairs community.

The start of a new year is a time for new programming and new initiatives. If you ever have a suggestion about how we can better serve you and your family, please don't hesitate to let us know.

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

Maputo lies on the southeastern coast of the Republic of Mozambique. The country borders six others, including South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania, and is roughly double the size of the state of California. Maputo is home to nearly 1.8 million inhabitants and is the most populous city in the country. The official language is Portuguese, but it is most the often second language, with much of the population of Mozambique primarily speaking native Bantu languages.

There are many options for entertainment and travel outside of work. There is a great deal to see and do in the surrounding area, including safaris, game reserves, and beautiful beaches to the north. Maputo also features several museums and opportunities for cultural performances. The American International school of Mozambique, or AISM, frequently offers after-school activities for children of all ages.

The Embassy has a health unit with basic medical services, but most medical emergencies require attention in Pretoria, South Africa. Malaria is a risk, and preventative medication is strongly recommended. The embassy provides bed nets to personnel.

Pets can live a happy and healthy life in Maputo with advance planning and preparation. Pet owners should be prepared to ship many of their supplies in from abroad or put them in their consumables, as pet food, litter, and similar supplies are difficult to find or of low quality. It is recommended that any pet entering Mozambique not transit South Africa if at all possible due to the cumbersome requirements. Please email the OBC for a copy of the post's pet survey for more details on importing pets into Maputo.



Orientation to State Overseas
January 28, 9:00am–4:00pm
This one-day orientation program provides an overview of the key components of overlap between Department of State and the programs of other agencies. It is designed for employees, family members, and members of household of other agencies, and provides for a basic understanding of medical support, employee consultation services, the role of the Family Liaison Office, and support for the educational needs of children, including those with special needs. The program also provides an introduction to the Foreign Service Institute and the George Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center. The course also empowers participants to effectively research posts of assignment and to prepare for effective entry into foreign affairs communities through providing a primer on using the Overseas Briefing Center as well as develop an awareness of the role and procedures of diplomatic protocol. The tuition for this class is $210.

Basics for Overseas Employment
January 29, 9:00am–4:00pm
Adult eligible family members (EFMs) of all agencies are invited to attend this employment course designed specifically for foreign affairs spouse/partners navigating a Career while living an internationally mobile lifestyle. It covers in depth the rules and regulations of overseas employment while working inside and outside the mission, in addition to FSI's online training resources and the ins and outs of security clearance process. The tuition for this class is $210.

Going Overseas: Logistics for Adults (MQ220) - FREE
February 4, 6:00pm–8:30pm
In this FREE evening class, participants will receive invaluable information on the logistics of moving overseas and learn the "nuts and bolts" of planning this move. This session helps adults establish a timeline for pack-out and moving; plan a consumables shipment; better understand moving allowances, regulations, and learn to determine what they need and don't need to ship. This class is free for all agencies.

Overseas Briefing Center


New Year's Resolution for 2015 - Share Your Thoughts about Life at Post!
Knowing the ins and outs of life at post can make a big difference in your bidding decisions and preparation for going abroad. Personal Post Insights (PPIs) provide anonymous feedback about life at post, including such topics as housing, schools, social life, shopping, family member employment and more. Learn more about PPIs and how you can fill one out (no State intranet required)!

Bcome a Filmmaker in 2015
Visitors to the OBC have found the Post Videos to be a 'hands on' way to learn about the realities of life and culture at overseas posts. One of the benefits of the Post Videos is that they are created by members of the foreign affairs community who are living at posts around the world. These first-hand perspectives make the videos one of the most in demand resources at the Transition Center. Your contribution in 2015 will help keep our collection up to date! The OBC has put together a guide, available on the intranet, that provides the steps to follow to create a Post Video. If you do not currently have access to the intranet and want to request a copy of the guide, send an email with your name, current post and the subject line "Request for Post Video guide" to

Contact OBC
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
January 13–14, 2015 | May 5–6, 2015
June 10–11, 2015

Retirement Planning Seminar
Do you have fewer than ten years until retirement? Prepare now by attending the four-day seminar.

Course Dates
February 24–27, 2015 | April 6–9, 2015
June 22–25, 2015 | July 27–30, 2015
September 28–October 1, 2015

Job Search (Transition) Program
Leaving full-time U.S. Government work? Focus on your transition and plan the next phase of your professional and personal lives in JSP!

Course Dates
March 2–April 24, 2014
August 3–September 25, 2015
October 5–30, 2015 (not yet in FSI catalog)


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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