Realities of Foreign Service Life, Volume 2
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 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.
Co-editors Melissa Brayer Hess, Patricia Linderman and Marlene
Nice are longtime members of the U.S. Foreign Service community.
Marlene is a Foreign Service Officer and former journalist, and
Melissa and Patricia are co-editors of the first volume of Realities
of Foreign Service Life and co-authors of the book The Expert
Expatriate: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad.