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Publications and Online Resources

THE FOREIGN SERVICE ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOK (FSAN)

The Foreign Service Assignment Notebook (FSAN) offers invaluable information and guidance on various aspects of preparing for an international move. The content is written for all government employees and their family members transitioning to an assignment at a U.S. mission overseas. Organized temporally in 30 chapters, from introduction to the foreign affairs lifestyle, bidding considerations, preparing for post, life at post, to logistical and administrative considerations, the FSAN charts the road ahead by offering expertise from a variety of Department of State offices and provides references and resources for further information.

Download the FSAN

ZINES

Are you between the ages of 11 and 15? Then this new series of magazines is created just for you! The Transition Center at the Foreign Service Institute has developed ZINES to help you navigate living overseas and in the United States. These ZINES tell the stories of kids who travel from post to post and their struggle to find their place in the world. There are lots of huge changes that occur during middle school when you are moving, like:

  • Figuring out your new school,
  • Finding new friends,
  • Dealing with your parents and siblings, and
  • Managing the jumps and bumps along the way.

Download your copy of these ZINES today and read some tips to make this time meaningful and fun!

Download a PDF of ZINE Transitions

Download a PDF of ZINE Identity

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF ______: A GUIDED JOURNAL TO MY INTERNATIONAL MOVE

This Guided Journal is for elementary school-aged children who are moving overseas with foreign affairs agencies. This resource helps facilitate discussion between children and parents as they process and prepare for an international relocation. Inside you will find:

  • Activities to encourage curiosity and discovery
  • Quotes from real kids
  • Games to prompt discussion, and more!

Download a PDF of the Guided Journal

PARENT’S COMPANION

The Parent’s Companion to the Guided Journal provides parents and care givers information and context to help facilitate discussion and understand the emotional process and journey of your child.

Download a PDF of the Parent’s Guide to the Guided Journal

SO YOU’RE AN AMERICAN: A GUIDE TO ANSWERING DIFFICULT QUESTIONS ABROAD

This online resource is for all Americans living and working abroad who are eager to prepare for the many informal and unofficial questions they will receive while overseas. It is designed to build skills and confidence in responding to difficult questions about culture and nationality. Specifically, this resource focuses on handling everyday inquiries from curious folks around the globe.

View So You’re an American

READY SET TRAVEL

An international move can be overwhelming, especially when assigned to a U.S. embassy or consulate for the first time. This app supports all foreign affairs personnel, along with their families and pets by generating a personalized “to do” list, from the day you receive your assignment to the day you depart.

This all-in-one tool can help keep track of completed tasks, send reminders to personal calendars, add personal notes, access essential contact information, and connect to online resources.

This mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices.

U.S. Department of State

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