We've changed! Readers of this newsletter have asked us to include more on specifics of life and work at our overseas missions. This month we debut a new section: Post-It of the Month. The series starts with some vital information on Frankfurt, a consular post and regional "super" center.
Registration is open for the May 2 Job Fair at FSI (details below)! This event, co-sponsored with the Family Liaison Office, helps EFMs and members of household get jobs overseas
During the upcoming transition season, remember the array of online resources available to you. Wherever your travels take you and your family, stay prepared with these online training tools: Realities of Foreign Service Life and Overseas Crisis Readiness.
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 Frankfurt – or any other large, regional post – in your future? Here are a few things you should know about this post:
Frankfurt is a large and diverse Consulate General with 400+ American families! While there are some shared activities, it may be harder to feel like part of the community when compared to smaller U.S. Missions. As a regional post, many personnel experience frequent travel and extended TDY assignments. Contact the CLO to get the latest details on networking groups like "Spouses of Employees that Frequently Travel."
Frankfurt can be harder to adjust to than most people anticipate. Frequent travel by employees may leave spouses/partners feeling isolated due to the normal difficulties of living in a new environment. We encourage accompanying family members to learn as much German as possible so they can dive into and enjoy the culture. It takes time and effort, but the benefits of engaging the host culture far outweigh the alternative of staying isolated in an American enclave and shopping only at the U.S. Commissary.
While there are many fun and exciting things to do in Germany, keep in mind that even when you are "off-duty," you are still representing the U.S. Government. Foreign affairs personnel in Frankfurt are subject to and have been prosecuted for violations of local law, which must be reported to the U.S. Embassy
Tips for parents: you may be subject to TDY work outside of Frankfurt. Make arrangements with your spouse/partner or authorized care giver in advance to secure necessary child care. Parents cannot leave children behind in the care of nannies or caregivers to complete required TDY work. Also note that children with special education needs may have difficulty finding appropriate school services. The local DOD school is at capacity, and gives priority placement to military families. English language special learning needs services are very hard to come by in the local community.
Special Education Needs Overseas Seminar
April 8, 9:00am – 4:00pm
The Transition Center will host a free seminar created specifically to meet the needs of Foreign Service families that need to understand and navigate the Department's services available overseas to children with special needs.
Global Opportunities for Talent Optimization (GO-TO) Job Fair
May 2, 10:00am – 3:00pm
This special event is open to all adult foreign affairs Eligible Family Members (EFM) and Members of Household (MOH). It will feature a large number of international employers, career advisors, entrepreneurial experts, a Foreign Service tax expert, and information on work permits and teleworking. Light refreshments will be served.
Register online (event password: overseas). For questions or help with registration, contact Debbie Thompson at: GoToJobFair@gmail.com.
Overseas Briefing Center
2014 KidVid Contest Ends April 15!
Do you have a budding videographer at home? KidVids show what life is like at post from a youth's perspective. For those of you who are currently at overseas posts, keep in mind that the 2014 OBC-FSYF KidVid Contest is now accepting video submissions! The deadline for submissions is April 15.
View contest rules. Kids can explore the topics to cover in their KidVid using a fun PREZI presentation. Contact us or your CLO for more information.
View OBC's Extended Hours
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Career Transition Center
The Career Transition Center uses DVC technology to broadcast retirement planning seminars (RV 101/105) to remote locations, domestic and international. Please contact FSICTC@state.gov or call 703-302-7407 if you are interested in exploring this option for your remote employees.
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:
Retirement Planning Seminar (RV101)
Are you less than ten years from retirement eligibility? Prepare now by attending the four-day RPS.
Next Course Dates:
September 28–October 2*
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 4–September 30, 2014
October 6–November 28*
Note: Registration is completed by your CDO or HR/Training Officer in conjunction with retirement applications.
*FY 2015 dates are subject to approval.
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.