Much of what we have learned about serving the U.S. abroad comes from trial and error, and advice from coworkers. Each time we move, we always think “we’ll do this better next time.” And we do. But each move presents a new and different challenge that couldn’t be anticipated, and it gets us flustered and frazzled again. What has become quite apparent over the years though, is that you are your own best advocate. The hard truth is knowing that although there are supporting agencies in place, you must continuously look out for you and your family’s best interests and fight for them! Stay connected to support groups and continue to search for resources, but don’t become a moocher! Make sure to give as you receive.
I have had the luxury to become actively involved working alongside my husband overseas with the Foreign Service. The following are some posts that relate to classes at FSI and information I’ve learned over time.
- Packing for the Unknown
- Culture Shock
- Transition Center Classes
- Packing a Go Bag
- Reflections on ConGen
- From Cross Country to Intercontinental