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Diplomacy in Action

Young Diplomats Overseas Preparation (MQ250)

In this two-day course, foreign affairs agency family members in Grades 2–12 will be introduced to the world of diplomacy and the realities of living overseas as an American. Furthermore, they 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.

This course is offered concurrently with our Security Overseas Seminar (MQ911) and is designed to complement the Going Overseas Workshops:
Going Overseas for Families (MQ210); and
Going Overseas–Logistics for Children (MQ230).

Please Note: a parent must be on campus while their child(ren) attend(s) this course.

Participant Feedback:

"My son enjoyed hearing from the course aides, university level foreign service kids. He also enjoyed the discussion about responding to questions about the U.S."

"Our daughter had a wonderful time, and enjoyed everything. She commented positively on the teachers, as well as the other students. She learned quite a bit just in the one day and I think it helped her to know that other children are having similar experiences and opportunities. Thanks for organizing this class!!"

"This class included a session during which graphic examples of what is safe and what isn't were shared. It was good to see that the teachers were able to calm the children's fears and direct the discussion in a positive direction. Kudos for their flexibility."

"My 8 year old wanted to let me know that we need a meeting place after a fire in the home. My high schooler shared that she learned how to defend herself and what to do if kidnapped. Thank you for this EXCELLENT advice."

"This reinforced some of my own security and safety practices, such as having a family password and fire drills--so again, I'm grateful for the class. It's great that my daughter can learn about security and safety in a fun and safe setting. Thanks very much."


Course Dates and Times
June 20-21, 2016        9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
July 11-12, 2016         9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
July 18-19, 2016         9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
July 25-26, 2016         9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
August 1-2, 2016        9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
August 8-9, 2016        9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Registration Details
This is a non-tuition workshop.
*Child must have completed First Grade.


Virtual Resource Table

State Department Resources

  • CultureGrams – Discover the culture of your assigned country! Find the most up-to-date information about the people, customs, lifestyle, transportation, climate, and much more. View photos, read interviews from in-country experts, and explore the video gallery. CultureGrams also features a separate Kids Edition so the whole family can learn together! Foreign affairs community members can email the Overseas Briefing Center for logon information.
  • Meet the Children of Diplomats: Features stories from Foreign Service children on life overseas, world events, and cultural adaptation.
  • State Department Office of the Historian: Includes country-specific guides and information on U.S. diplomatic relations.

Internet Resources

  • American and World Symbols: Identify U.S. and Overseas Values to Articulate Cultural Differences
  • Government for Kids – Interactive videos and games on presidents, how laws are made, and different government jobs, for children in grades K-8.
  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids – Learn about iconic government buildings, symbols, statues and memorials, and songs and oaths.
  • Match the U.S. Symbols! – Game for preschool-age children to match U.S. monuments, memorials, and other symbols.
  • American History: Patriotic Symbols Games – Features free games, coloring pages, activity books and more on topics related to American history.
  • iCivics – Interactive games to learn about civics and democratic process.
  • Cultures for Kids – Interactive information on Brazil, China, Ecuador, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, Vietnam, and Yemen.
  • PBS Kids: Connect The World – Matching games and more with the characters from the children's show Arthur.
  • Personal and Cyber Security
  • Safety Check-Points for Kids – Offers a list of safety tips for children in elementary school.
  • Tracking Teresa – YouTube video demonstrating how personal information can be gathered online.
  • Online Safety Rules for Kids
  • Safe Cyberspace Surfing – Article on safe online practices for kids.
  • and – Advice and resources for parents and children on topics such as on online safety, cell phone use, mobile apps, and cyber bullying.
  • Net Smartz Workshop – Videos, presentations, and information on topics such as internet safety, privacy, online gaming, social networking for parents, teens, tweens, and younger kids.
  • Stay Safe Online – Information for parents on mobile parental controls, cyber bullying, teaching online safety.

Articles of Interest for Parents


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