Resources & Links
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Education & Youth - Click here to download
I'm Not Moving, Mama by Nancy White Carlstrom
The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day by Stan Berenstain
We're Moving by Heather Maisner
Moving House by Anne Civardi and Michelle Bates
Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz
A New House by Jill Wenzel
Big Ernie's New Home: A Story for Young Children Who Are Moving by Teresa Martin and Whitney Martin
Saying Good-Bye, Saying Hello...: When Your Family Is Moving by Michaelene Mundy
Goodbye House by Frank Asch
Let's Move Together by Carol M. Schubeck
Gila Monsters Meet You At the Airport by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Books for Children
The Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide by Gabriel Davis
Where In the World Are You Going? by Judith M Blohm
Moving Day (Fiction: Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls) by Meg Cabot
Books for Teens
Club Expat: A Teenager's Guide to Moving Overseas by Aniket Shah and Akash Shah
Books (and Links) for Parents & Other Adults
Moving & Living Overseas
Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Family's Transition to a New Home by Lori Collins Burgan
The Expert Expat, Revised Edition: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad by Melissa Brayer Hess and Patricia Linderman
The Art of Crossing Cultures by Craig Storti
A Portable Identity: A Woman's Guide to Maintaining a Sense of Self While Moving Overseas (Revised Edition) by Debra R. Bryson and Charise M. Hoge
Realities of Foreign Service Life by Patricia Linderman and Melissa Brayer-Hess (Editors)
Realities of Foreign Service Life, Volume 2 by Patricia Linderman, Melissa Brayer Hess, and Marlene Monfiletto Nice
Burn Up Or Splash Down by Marion Knell
Welcome Home: Who Are You? Tales of a Foreign Service Family by Gene and Kathryn Schmiel
A Broad Abroad: The Expat Wife's Guide to Successful Living Abroad by Robin Pascoe
Evacuation and the Foreign Service Family by Ngaire Jehle-Caitcheon (click here to download this free Foreign Service Youth Foundation publication)
Family Liaison Office (FLO) evacuation resources: http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c1991.htm
Family Liaison Office (FLO) evacuation resources for families with school-age children:
Why a Sudden Departure from Home is a Big “Hairy” Deal
Bouncing Back: Staying resilient through the challenges of life
How We Bounce Back: The New Science of Human Resilience (Film)
Art of Coming Home by Craig Storti
Homeward Bound: A Spouse's Guide to Repatriation by Robin Pascoe
According to My Passport, I’m Coming Home by Kay Eakin (click here to download the free full-length book)
Parenting and Third-Culture Kids
Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds by David C. Pollock and Ruth Van Reken
Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World by Robin Pascoe
Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global by Faith Eidse and Nina Sichel
Of Many Lands: Journal of a Traveling Childhood by Sara Mansfield Taber (FSYF publication; click here to order)
Overseas American: Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics by Gene H. Bell-Villada
Born Expatriated by Sara S. Villarreal Bishop
Strangers At Home: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming "Home" to a Strange Land by Carolyn D. Smith (Editor)
Helping FS Teens Navigate the College Search & Application Process
The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a
Premier College by Jacques Steinberg
Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges---And Find Themselves by David L. Marcus
Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College by Sally P. Springer, Jon Reider and Marion R. Franck
Unigo: Current Students Tell You What Colleges Won’t: www.unigo.com
In-State Tuition and Residency Requirements: http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/stateresidency.phtml
Flying Solo—Going to College from Overseas: A Guide for Parents (Foreign Service Journal, June 2008, pp. 68-87) by Rebecca Grappo
How to Choose the College That’s Right for You (Foreign Service Journal, June 2007, pp. 73-86) by Francesca Kelly
Applying to U.S. Colleges: A Primer for FS Teens (Foreign Service Journal, June 2005, pp. 67-89) by Francesca Kelly: http://www.afsa.org/fsj/june05/kelly.pdf
RNG International Educational Consultants
Founder Becky Grappo is professional educator, Foreign Service spouse, former FLO education and youth officer, and a Certified Educational Planner. She specializes in helping families identify and address educational needs. The resource section of her website has a particularly good college resources section.
The Best Women's Travel Writing 2009: True Stories from Around the World by Faith Adiele and Lucy McCauley (Editor)
Read Books for Free Online
Living overseas and missing the local public library or neighborhood bookstore? Who knew there were so many places to read books for free online? If you don’t mind curling up with a computer, give these sites a look.
http://www.dailylit.com/ (Choose a book and they’ll send you an installment by e-mail every day.)
Wireless reading devices (aka e-readers) offer the best of both worlds—the speed of the internet and the portability of a book. Purchase books, newspapers, and other content, download them directly to your portable device, and read them at your leisure!
Barnes & Noble Nook
Prefer to unplug your mind and curl up with the real thing?
These companies are like Netflix, but with books! Pay a
small monthly fee, set up your queue, and wait for your
books to arrive in the mail. There are no late fees and
postage is free. The selection is impressive—from children’s
books to literature to the latest bestseller.
Going on a long road (or airplane) trip or stuck in traffic
and want to listen to a good book? The Netfix-for-Books
model extends to audio books too. Most companies will allow
subscribers to choose between receiving audio books by mail
or downloading them instantly onto a computer or iPod.
www.amazon.com (Spend at least $25 and shipping is
www.barnesandnoble.com (Consider becoming a B&N member for extra savings.)
www.borders.com (Membership is free; so is shipping if you spend at least $25.)
Is the lack of quality, English-language TV programming overseas getting you down? In the digital age, you don't have to miss a thing! Try watching your favorite shows over the Internet. Or watch movies instead!
Borrow Movies and TV Shows
Netflix offers a vast library of DVDs. If your mail is too
slow to make the monthly fee worthwhile, try streaming
movies directly to your PC. (See below.)
Watch Movies and TV Shows
Hide Your IP Address
These services identify you as having a U.S. IP address no matter where in the world you really are.
Whether you listen through your computer or using an internet radio, the worldwide web can bring your favorite local radio stations to your doorstep!
WiFi Internet Radios: http://reviews.cnet.com/best-wifi-radios/
Internet Radio Services:
Staying Connected By
Phone and Mail
Stay close to family and friends even when you're far away. Skype uses the internet to connect callers. Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls and instant messaging are free. Subscribers can also call land lines and mobile phones with Pay-As-You-Go rates or by subscription. FS families now report they can use Skype to make and receive calls on their WiFi-connected iPhones overseas! (Note: You'll need a Skype phone or a phone adapter to use Skype on a telephone as opposed to using it on your PC).
Like Skype, Vonage uses the internet to connect callers
called Voice over IP (VoIP).
Unlike Skype, Vonage assigns you a U.S. telephone number in
the area code of your choice and sends you an adaptor to
connect your home phone to your high-speed internet. It’s
like long distance service through your computer with a
phone number that can travel with you from country to
country. (Note: Vonage may not mail the adaptor to APO
addresses so order it before you move overseas or use a
shipping service like
An interesting article from the New York Times about how
to make cheap mobile phone calls overseas
Another VoIP provider is 8x8 which provides the same services as Vonage.
MagicJack is a USB device that connects to a phone line and allows you to make phone calls from your home over the internet. Reviews are spotty and customer service seems nonexistent. But at $40 for the device and a year of calls, it might be worth the risk. Click here to read a review from the Boston Globe. (Available for purchase through Amazon)
Want to order from a vendor who won’t mail to your APO address? No problem! Ship It APO will accept the package and forward it on for a fee.
This collection of sites has special appeal to Foreign Service Families.
Tales from a Small Planet is home to a nice
collection of “real” post reports.
U.S. Department of State Family Liaison Office (FLO)
Foreign Service Institute Overseas Briefing Center
Future State: U.S. Department of State for Youth
U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools
American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)
Associates of American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW)
Expat Women: Helping Women Living Overseas
Expat Expert: The website of experienced expat and author, Robin Pascoe
Interaction: Today’s Voice for Third Culture Kids and Internationally Mobile Families
TCKid: A Home for Third Culture Kids
TCK World: The Official Home of Third Culture Kids
Families in Global Transition
The Interchange Institute
Expat Arrivals: Local Info for Global Expats
TCK Academy Expert Interview Series
Examiner: Inside Source for Everything Local (Washington, DC)—Third Culture Kids
Building Resiliency in Global Nomads (Foreign Service Journal, December 2008, pp. 76-96) by Rebecca Grappo
Foreign Service Email Groups—Finding Support and Community While Far from Home (Foreign Service Journal, January 2010, pp. 49-50) by Francesca Kelly
Growing Up with a World View: Nomad Children Develop
Multicultural Skills (Foreign Service Journal, September
1994, pp. 32-41.) by Norma M. McCaig
To some, 'home' is an elusive quality (MIT News Office,
February 16, 1994) by Alice C. Waugh
4 Ways to Help Kids Adjust to the Realities of Life Overseas by Elizabeth Jones from Planet Nomad.
When no place feels like home (The Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 23, 2009) by Corinna Schuler
Rooted To Nowhere (Time, Oct. 20, 2003) by Hanna Kite
At Home Abroad / Third Culture Kids: Often more accomplished, but sometimes more troubled (New York Times, Oct. 26, 2002) by Gretchen Lang
At Home Abroad / Third Culture Kids : Nowhere to call home but I like being a global nomad (New York Times, Oct. 26, 2002) by Anne-Sophie Bolon
For teens, it's a tough transition (New York Times, Jun. 26, 2004) by Nora FitzGerald
Volunteer & Learning Opportunities
Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots is a program of the Jane Goodall Institute that is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action.
Lessons for Hope
A web-based, high school curriculum inspired by Jane Goodall’s book Reason for Hope, Lessons for Hope focuses on optimism for the future and the belief that every individual can make a difference.
MIT OpenCourseWare: Highlights for High School
Clubs & Groups You Can Start or Join Overseas
FIRST (founded by Dean Kamen)
Junior FIRST LEGO League (ages 6-9)
FIRST LEGO League (age 9-14)
FIRST Robotics Competition (high school)
FIRST Tech Challenge (high school)
FIRST Place (all ages)
Wordmasters (a fun and mind-stretching classroom competition for Language Arts students in grades 3 to 12)
Odyssey of the Mind (an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college)
Peace Corps Correspondence Match (links classrooms with Peace Corps volunteers)
Double Helix Science Club
ThinkQuest Website Competition
ThinkQuest Narrative Competition
USA Girl Scouts Overseas
Boy Scouts of America
Great Books Foundation and Junior Great Books
Scholarships and Awards of Special Interest to FS Youth
American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Academic Merit Scholarships
American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Art Merit Scholarships
American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Financial Aid Scholarships
State Department Federal Credit Union Scholarships
Dreyfus Hotchkiss/Yale Scholarships & Fellowships for FS Dependents
Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) Scholarships
FSYF Annual Contests (Art, Essay,
Community Service, KidVid)
Clements Expat Youth Scholarship
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
• U.S.-based students should submit entries to their regional affiliate. See
• Overseas-based students should submit entries to the Region-at-Large. See
S. Pinkney Tuck Scholarship at Dartmouth College
Children or grandchildren of Foreign Service personnel are given priority for the S. Pinkney Tuck Scholarship at Dartmouth College. However, it is based on financial need and would be offered if selected through the regular application process.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert H. Kinney Scholarship at Yale
Children of Foreign Service personnel, need-based scholarship at Yale, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert H. Kinney. Apply to Director of Financial Aid (firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-432-0360).
The Polly Richardson Lukens Memorial Scholarship and the Gilan Scholarship at Vassar College
Daughters of Foreign Service personnel, The Polly Richardson Lukens Memorial Scholarship and the Gilan Scholarship (preference given for freshman) awards, based on financial need at Vassar College. Apply to email@example.com or call 845-437-7547.
Parent Support Groups
Moving to the DC area can be harder than moving overseas, especially for those who don’t have friends or family nearby. Stay-at-home parents of preschoolers often feel particularly isolated. These support groups offer a network of friends and an introduction to community resources. (Note: FSYF has just started collecting information in this category. If you are an FS parent who has benefited from a local support group, please share the information with us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mothers of North Arlington (Virginia)
Vienna Moms Inc. (Vienna, Virginia)