Bidding and Assignments Research

  • Email the Overseas Briefing Center with a request for information.  OBC’s assistance is available to U.S. Government employees and their family members assigned to, serving at, or returning from a U.S. embassy/consulate overseas.
  • Eligible family members (EFMs) on a U.S. government employee’s official orders to serve at a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas can access post-specific information via the website Post Info To Go – ExternalEmail for access information.

Family Member Employment

Schooling Resources for the Education of Foreign Service Children

  • The Office of Overseas Schools (OOS) offers information on schools supported by the U.S. Department of State and non-assisted schools.
  • The Family Liaison Office (FLO) offers advice on appropriate schooling options and resources to make educated decisions about education overseas.

Transition Center Training Courses

Government Resources

Non-Government Resources

  • Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) – This organization connects the American diplomatic community at home and abroad with resources and support programs. Their site hosts useful articles about overseas life in general. AAFSW’s LiveLines yahoo group offers 24/7 answers to questions about posts for those who have passed the Foreign Service exam or are already members of the U.S. Foreign Service community.
  • International Chambers of Commerce: The World Business Organization (ICC) – provides a forum for businesses and other organizations to examine and understand the nature and significance of the major shifts taking place in the world economy.
  • Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) – Provides a collection of oral history interviews of foreign affairs practitioners. They also house a Country and Subject Reader Series, which provides a chronological, historical overview through a series of oral interviews regarding a particular country or policy subject.
  • Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) – international network of independent volunteer clubs and associations.
  • Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) – supports children, teens and families affiliated with U.S. foreign affairs agencies and strives to help young people adapt to their changing environments and make the most of their Foreign Service experiences.
  • GLIFAA (Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies) – GLIFAA membership consists of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight employees of U.S. diplomatic agencies.
  • GlobalEDGE – Country data resources from the Michigan State University for global business knowledge.
  • LangMedia – Language and Cultural resources (including video and audio materials) for selected countries.

Note: The above links are for informational purposes only and in no way constitute an endorsement, expressed or implied, by the Department of State. Links to websites outside the U.S. federal government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names are for the convenience of the user and do not constitute an official endorsement or approval of any private sector website, product, service, or privacy policy.

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