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I found this June 2010 list of unaccompanied posts. The blogger says the list was extracted from State Magazine:
Yes, employees only.
Thanks. Is Pakistan an unaccompanied post?
There is no official list of unaccompanied posts. You can post a question about a particular post on this site or research the status on sites like www.state.gov . You can also email: FLOAskUT@state.gov
Is there a way to get the current list of unaccompanied posts?
I am interested in providing a volunteer service in the department of refugees, migration and population growth.
I am a junior student at Penn State University, PA. majoring in global studies.
I believe it would be a great honor to be awarded the opportunity to volunteer my service for refugees, migration and population growth. During my time as a volunteer, I would love to explore several social organizations and institutions that form the basis of a functioning society. I would love to interface with leaders and learn about the opportunities available to nonprofits organizations of today.
I would love to participate in community service programs, team building workshops, economic development seminars, and other collective actions to identify and address issues of public concern. Through collaborative efforts and uncompromised service, I hope to serve to strengthen communities, and lay foundations for stable, self sufficient countries all over the world.
I have worked as a dedicated and highly motivated volunteer for non –governmental, charity, and community Service Organizations with a well-established record for working with humanitarian organizations that provide permanent result for refugees, vulnerable women and children.
Please let me know if I can be of any help. My contact number is: 484 751 8401
From the other forum:
Thank you for your question. There is no outside organization like the USO to support the Foreign Service or the Department of State. Internally, there are many programs run by the Medical Bureau, the Family Liaison Office, and the Foreign Service Institute which offer support to Department employees. There is a voluntary organization, AAFSW, which is composed of FS employees and family members, as well as retirees, which offers various programs and support. The Foreign Service professional union, AFSA, also works in support of the Foreign Service.
New Foreign Service employees/families arriving at post will have an embassy sponsor (sometimes two) to offer assistance/guidance on issues of settling in, finding their way around, etc. It is not unusual for new employees/families to be invited to a number of social functions so that they can be welcomed.
The Community Liasion Officer at post plays a significant role in assisting newcomers, as well.
Yes, the employee/spouse must contribute to at least 51% of the parent's living expenses. In addition, the parent must have resided with the employee/spouse for at least six of the 12 months immediately precedingt he date when the employee applies for EFM status for the parent.
EFM parents or in-laws, however, are not eligible beneficiaries of the Department of State's medical program and therefore are not authorized nor require a medical clearance (even though a parent may be on travel orders). The following is recommended to prepare parents and in-laws for living overseas:
Subscribe to an air ambulance insurance in the event a medical evacuation is required
i've had my dog with me overseas and it's very doable. the most important thing is to do your homework prior to bidding on posts. the last thing you want to do is to bid on a post and get the assignment, only to find out that for some reason you won't be able to take your pet.
when you're a foreign service officer creating your bid list, you need to take into account EVERYTHING that's important to you in a posting. it's much more than just looking at the job itself - you also need to think about your children, your spouse/partner, and your pet!
The Family Liaison Office breifs employees and family members on evacuations and pets are always a big concern. We let people know that they are responsible for evacuating their pets but there are several options. One is to identify someone at post and leave your pet with. Two, is to ship your pet out ahead of time to someone back home. Three is to take your pet with you which is often, but not always, possible. Above all, make sure you have plenty of pet food at post and that the pet's shots and papers are always up to date.
Hi Chris. Currently there's no requirement for FSOs to serve at an unaccompanied post. However, it's true that the number of unaccompanied posts has grown in the past few years. It's safe to say that as it stands, there's no requirement, but the likelihood is increasing as the number of unaccompanied posts grows.
For your question, please contact the nearest US embassy or US consulate. You may also find information through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Their website is: www.cdc.gov
Hi Paula -
The Global Employment Initiative is a program that helps Foreign Service family members find jobs on the local economy. Please see the link below for more information:
Please email FLOAskEmployment if you have further questions.
Hope that helps!