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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Employment Opportunity in FLO:  Employment specialist

Family members returning to Washington, DC may be interested in applying for the Employment specialist (GS-12) position in FLO.  The incumbent of this position is responsible for supporting a wide variety of family member employment programs and initiatives related to inside- and outside-the-mission employment overseas, professional development opportunities, and employment opportunities when returning to Washington.  The position is located in Washington, D.C., and may require some travel.  The application deadline for this position is 11:59 p.m.  EDT, October 28, 2016.  Visit FLO’s website for details and application instructions.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Try WorkLife4You Emergency Backup Care

When your child care plans fall through, try the Emergency Backup Care program. WorkLife4You (formally Information Quest) provides this service to help you secure—and pay for—reliable backup care.

Posted Overseas? You can use any of the backup care options for a family member in the U.S. For family members who are with you overseas, Emergency Backup Care will reimburse you for the cost of care (up to $100) if you use friends, family members, or a child care center.

WorkLife4You is the Department of State's free, comprehensive resource and referral program. For questions and log-in information, call (866) 552-4748 or email Specialist@LifeCare.com.
Please note, this service is for Department of State employees; others should contact their agency to inquire about the availability of similar programs.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

FSYF Annual College Workshop for Parents and Teens (Grades 9 - 12)

Date:                     Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time:                     10 am - 2 pm
Location:             Oakwood Falls Church: State Room
Address:              501 Roosevelt Blvd, Falls Church 22044     
Fee:                        (fee includes lunch; pricing is per- person)
                                FSYF Members:  $15 per person
                                Non-Members:  $30 per person 

Rebecca Grappo, International Educational Consultant, Veteran of Foreign Service Life and founder of RNG International. 

Find out more about Becky at www.rnginternational.com 


The annual workshop is for parents and teens in grades 9 - 12. This workshop addresses the essay writing process, issues that arise from experiencing an international childhood, and how students can incorporate their overseas experiences as they prepare for the college search & application process.  This is a rare opportunity to speak with Becky Grappo and have your questions answered in person!

Topics to include:

How to incorporate Foreign Service experiences into an effective essay 
        What are admissions officers looking for 
How important is the essay?  
Can a student use an essay for multiple applications? 
Interrupted curriculum & extra-curriculars 
Teacher recommendations 
Essay topics 
IB vs AP
Planning college visits from overseas 
When to apply early decision
State residency 
Planning a gap year, and more....
Come with Questions and Leave with Answers!


Event is very popular and will fill quickly – Register Now!