Realities of Foreign Service Life, Volume 2

Realities of Foreign Service Life Volume In this second volume of AAFSW s Realities of Foreign Life members of the U S diplomatic community including employees spouses and one articulate teen share their knowledge research and personal

  • Title: Realities of Foreign Service Life, Volume 2
  • Author: Patricia Linderman Melissa Brayer Hess
  • ISBN: 9780595453146
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this second volume of AAFSW s Realities of Foreign Life, 29 members of the U.S diplomatic community including employees, spouses and one articulate teen share their knowledge, research and personal perspectives, broadening and extending the first book s candid insights into the Foreign Service lifestyle Focusing on the realities faced by diplomats and their faIn this second volume of AAFSW s Realities of Foreign Life, 29 members of the U.S diplomatic community including employees, spouses and one articulate teen share their knowledge, research and personal perspectives, broadening and extending the first book s candid insights into the Foreign Service lifestyle Focusing on the realities faced by diplomats and their families outside the embassy or consulate walls, the authors explore topics such as schooling and housing abroad, intercultural marriage, medical evacuations, employment for accompanying partners, and the growing number of unaccompanied assignments If you are already a member of the Foreign Service community and especially if you have recently joined , this book will provide useful and practical information for the fascinating but often challenging journey ahead If you or your partner are thinking about entering the Foreign Service, this book joins the first volume in serving as a reality check, offering a clear view of both the positive and negative aspects of Foreign Service life, for partners and children as well as employees If you are a student contemplating a career in diplomacy, a friend or relative of a Foreign Service member or if you are simply curious about the lives of U.S diplomats and their families overseas this book will give you an insider s perspective found nowhere else.

    One thought on “Realities of Foreign Service Life, Volume 2”

    1. This book is mostly from the perspective of Foreign Service spouses, which makes it a bit more useful for expats in general. There's a lot of good information about expat living and some of the challenges that are faced, but, as expected from a book about the Foreign Service, there's a lot that's FS-specific. Still, I find it useful, and it's probably even more useful if you have kids and are considering living abroad.

    2. Vignettes by Foreign Service Officers on life overseas. Some of the chapters were very informative, lots were personally irrelevant, but I can see others appreciating them (ie. life with kids overseas, finding work for spouses overseas, etc.)

    3. Really enjoyed this read, it talks about common problems that people have in the Foreign Service. It gives real and practical stories. It was an amazing insight into the lifestyle.

    4. It seemed like most of the chapters were relevant to Foreign Service Officer spouses (I shop therefore I am. . . in the Foreign Service - really?) but a few were particularly insightful.

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