AAFSW We connect the American diplomatic community at home and abroad! Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) is an independent, non-profit organization that advocates for U.S.

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AAFSW is seeking new members to join our global community! If you're already a member, we're so glad to have you. If you...
09/13/2021

AAFSW is seeking new members to join our global community! If you're already a member, we're so glad to have you. If you're not a member, please join us at aafsw.org/join! You may also renew at this link.

We'd also love it if you could spread the word to friends and colleagues about our organization. Thank you for your support of AAFSW!

AAFSW is seeking new members to join our global community! If you're already a member, we're so glad to have you. If you're not a member, please join us at aafsw.org/join! You may also renew at this link.

We'd also love it if you could spread the word to friends and colleagues about our organization. Thank you for your support of AAFSW!

Join AAFSW for an upcoming zoom webinar with Ambassadr Ryan Crocker -- "Stability and the future of Afghanistan" on Oct....
09/10/2021
Zoom Program with Ambassador Ryan Crocker, "Stability and the Future of Afghanistan" - Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide

Join AAFSW for an upcoming zoom webinar with Ambassadr Ryan Crocker -- "Stability and the future of Afghanistan" on Oct. 5 at 11 am. Tickets are available via this link: https://www.aafsw.org/event/zoom-program-with-ambassador-ryan-crocker/

As a reminder, be sure to check out our events calendar for upcoming programs: https://www.aafsw.org/events/

AAFSW cordially invites you to join us for a very pertinent and informative program with Ambassador Ryan Crocker, a career Foreign Service Officer who served six times as an American Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Carneg...

September is National Preparedness Month -  take time to watch this webinar with experts providing great advice on Autho...
09/08/2021
Go-Bags at the Ready

September is National Preparedness Month - take time to watch this webinar with experts providing great advice on Authorized or Ordered Departures. Melissa Hess, the presenter, is a longtime AAFSW board member and Ann La Porta, chair of AAFSW's Evacuee Support Network shares how AAFSW can help evacuees.

Crises are unavoidable and so are evacuations. However, taking steps to prepare will help you manage a crisis more effectively. Preparation and effective res...

Check out this upcoming event our friends at  ADST are co-hosting.
09/07/2021

Check out this upcoming event our friends at ADST are co-hosting.

#diplomacy is a family affair, with spouses making sacrifices and valuable contributions! Join ADST and @Diplomacy_DCF on Sep. 16 at 5pm EDT for a virtual panel with 5 ambassadors' spouses to discuss their experiences, challenges, and successes. Register here: https://bit.ly/38KgPZI

AAFSW is seeking new members to join our global community! If you're already a member, we're so glad to have you. If you...
09/06/2021

AAFSW is seeking new members to join our global community! If you're already a member, we're so glad to have you. If you're not a member, please join us at aafsw.org/join! You may also renew at this link.

We'd also love it if you could spread the word to friends and colleagues about our organization. Thank you for your support of AAFSW!

AAFSW is seeking new members to join our global community! If you're already a member, we're so glad to have you. If you're not a member, please join us at aafsw.org/join! You may also renew at this link.

We'd also love it if you could spread the word to friends and colleagues about our organization. Thank you for your support of AAFSW!

Interested in learning more about navigating your child's education while living overseas? Register to join the FSI Tran...
09/01/2021

Interested in learning more about navigating your child's education while living overseas? Register to join the FSI Transition Center's Ask the Education Expert non-tuition webinar on September 8th. The Office of Overseas Schools will give a broad strokes overview of educating your child overseas (K-12) including: the variety of school options at posts, different education programs schools offer, transitioning between school systems, and what to consider when deciding which school is "right" for your child.

The link to register is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjs9N-5todNfT8dp-p2o0oiCbWx-QALIjmZ_y9fZOQX-kp6Q/viewform

Interested in learning more about navigating your child's education while living overseas? Register to join the FSI Transition Center's Ask the Education Expert non-tuition webinar on September 8th. The Office of Overseas Schools will give a broad strokes overview of educating your child overseas (K-12) including: the variety of school options at posts, different education programs schools offer, transitioning between school systems, and what to consider when deciding which school is "right" for your child.

The link to register is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjs9N-5todNfT8dp-p2o0oiCbWx-QALIjmZ_y9fZOQX-kp6Q/viewform

AAFSW is seeking new members to join our global community! If you're already a member, we're so glad to have you. If you...
08/30/2021

AAFSW is seeking new members to join our global community! If you're already a member, we're so glad to have you. If you're not a member, please join us at aafsw.org/join!

We'd also love it if you could spread the word to friends and colleagues about our organization. As Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

Thank you for your support of AAFSW!

AAFSW is seeking new members to join our global community! If you're already a member, we're so glad to have you. If you're not a member, please join us at aafsw.org/join!

We'd also love it if you could spread the word to friends and colleagues about our organization. As Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

Thank you for your support of AAFSW!

We've been honored to introduce you to the 2021 winners of AAFSW's 2021 Merit Scholarships. Meet our best essay winner, ...
08/27/2021

We've been honored to introduce you to the 2021 winners of AAFSW's 2021 Merit Scholarships. Meet our best essay winner, Aaron Hilton!

You can reread the bios of our winners on our site: https://www.aafsw.org/blog/2021/08/06/winners-of-the-aafsw-scholarship-for-college-students/

Congratulations to these amazing students, and to all who applied! Look for info on how to apply early next year on aafsw.org.

Aaron Hilton is a rising junior at Princeton University pursuing an undergraduate degree at the School of Public and International Affairs. He is the son of two Foreign Service Officers, Robert and Olivia Hilton. He is also a Midshipman in the joint Princeton/Rutgers Navy ROTC Unit and is working towards a commission in the United States Navy.

Prior to college, Aaron was a professional ballet dancer with the Boston Ballet and with Miami City Ballet and continues his dancing at Princeton. This summer he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories’ Center for Global Security Research, and completed submarine training at Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia.

We've been honored to introduce you to the 2021 winners of AAFSW's 2021 Merit Scholarships. Meet our best essay winner, Aaron Hilton!

You can reread the bios of our winners on our site: https://www.aafsw.org/blog/2021/08/06/winners-of-the-aafsw-scholarship-for-college-students/

Congratulations to these amazing students, and to all who applied! Look for info on how to apply early next year on aafsw.org.

Aaron Hilton is a rising junior at Princeton University pursuing an undergraduate degree at the School of Public and International Affairs. He is the son of two Foreign Service Officers, Robert and Olivia Hilton. He is also a Midshipman in the joint Princeton/Rutgers Navy ROTC Unit and is working towards a commission in the United States Navy.

Prior to college, Aaron was a professional ballet dancer with the Boston Ballet and with Miami City Ballet and continues his dancing at Princeton. This summer he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories’ Center for Global Security Research, and completed submarine training at Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia.

Meet Benjamin “Pins” Leese, winner of the 2021 Judy Felt Memorial Volunteerism Award. In Benjamin's words: Growing up fo...
08/26/2021

Meet Benjamin “Pins” Leese, winner of the 2021 Judy Felt Memorial Volunteerism Award.

In Benjamin's words: Growing up for me has been quite the unique experience due to my Dad’s U.S. Air Force career and my Mom’s U.S. State Department career, I have lived in nine different homes and attended eight different schools. I have come to love my family’s vagabond lifestyle and look forward to traveling to new places. I have used my artistic talents and my extroverted personality to educate myself and learn more during my college experience. By living about 25% of my life in Naples, Italy and Maseru, Lesotho, I have learned to blend into any surroundings and make friends from all over the world. Currently, I am a sophomore at Bowling Green State University majoring in art and design. I plan to use my degree to entertain, inspire, and influence the current world we live in. Over the years, my art has become more thought provoking, intricate, and diverse. While I am currently working at the Workhouse Arts Center, I plan to go further and use my experience to further my art education. I see a future in designing video games, working on graphic novels or using my talents to help the next generation of story tellers.

Congratulations and best wishes to each stellar student winner of a 2021 AAFSW Merit Scholarship!

Meet Benjamin “Pins” Leese, winner of the 2021 Judy Felt Memorial Volunteerism Award.

In Benjamin's words: Growing up for me has been quite the unique experience due to my Dad’s U.S. Air Force career and my Mom’s U.S. State Department career, I have lived in nine different homes and attended eight different schools. I have come to love my family’s vagabond lifestyle and look forward to traveling to new places. I have used my artistic talents and my extroverted personality to educate myself and learn more during my college experience. By living about 25% of my life in Naples, Italy and Maseru, Lesotho, I have learned to blend into any surroundings and make friends from all over the world. Currently, I am a sophomore at Bowling Green State University majoring in art and design. I plan to use my degree to entertain, inspire, and influence the current world we live in. Over the years, my art has become more thought provoking, intricate, and diverse. While I am currently working at the Workhouse Arts Center, I plan to go further and use my experience to further my art education. I see a future in designing video games, working on graphic novels or using my talents to help the next generation of story tellers.

Congratulations and best wishes to each stellar student winner of a 2021 AAFSW Merit Scholarship!

We hope you've enjoyed meeting our amazing winners of the 2021 AAFSW Merit Scholarship Awards! Today we'd like to introd...
08/23/2021

We hope you've enjoyed meeting our amazing winners of the 2021 AAFSW Merit Scholarship Awards! Today we'd like to introduce you to Narisara Mayer, one of our Twice-Exceptional Merit Scholarship winners. Congratulations and best wishes to each stellar student!

Narisara Mayer is a 2021 graduate of McLean High School in McLean, Virginia and is the daughter of Paul and Chanisada Mayer. In August, she will begin her studies at Haverford College where she intends to major in astrophysics with a potential minor in Museum Studies. She is passionate about encouraging diverse representation in STEM fields, focusing in particular on LGBTQ+ perspectives. She hopes eventually to earn a PhD in astrophysics and to acquire a very large dog who will accompany her on outdoor hikes. While a McLean High School student, Narisara was a 4-year member of their award-winning Science Olympiad team, serving as team captain her junior and senior years. Narisara also sang alto in the school’s advanced women’s choir and was a member of the school’s cross-country team.

We hope you've enjoyed meeting our amazing winners of the 2021 AAFSW Merit Scholarship Awards! Today we'd like to introduce you to Narisara Mayer, one of our Twice-Exceptional Merit Scholarship winners. Congratulations and best wishes to each stellar student!

Narisara Mayer is a 2021 graduate of McLean High School in McLean, Virginia and is the daughter of Paul and Chanisada Mayer. In August, she will begin her studies at Haverford College where she intends to major in astrophysics with a potential minor in Museum Studies. She is passionate about encouraging diverse representation in STEM fields, focusing in particular on LGBTQ+ perspectives. She hopes eventually to earn a PhD in astrophysics and to acquire a very large dog who will accompany her on outdoor hikes. While a McLean High School student, Narisara was a 4-year member of their award-winning Science Olympiad team, serving as team captain her junior and senior years. Narisara also sang alto in the school’s advanced women’s choir and was a member of the school’s cross-country team.

Be sure to check out new email addresses for GCLO!!! See link below!
08/23/2021
GCLO Weekly newsletter

Be sure to check out new email addresses for GCLO!!! See link below!

GCLO Weekly newsletter compiles news and information for U.S. government employees, their family members, and Members of Household (MOH) who are serving, have served, or will be serving at U.S. Missions overseas.

08/19/2021

AAFSW is here to support returnees from Kabul:
Many of your friends and colleagues and perhaps even yourselves are coming home on short notice in dire circumstances with little warning or baggage.

Please know that AAFSW's Evacuee Support Network is ready to support your needs. We have almost 100 volunteers willing to help. We can take you shopping, help you find housing, provide a meal. We even have a volunteer who would like to help with your pets.

The Network has been active since the mid-80s when we worked with telephone trees. These days please let us know your needs or your colleagues needs via email at [email protected] .

Are you preparing for your next domestic to international move? If so, sign up to attend the FSI Transition Center's Rea...
08/18/2021

Are you preparing for your next domestic to international move? If so, sign up to attend the FSI Transition Center's Ready, Set, Travel webinar on August 25th. This free webinar will provide course participants - including both new and seasoned foreign affairs professionals and family members - with useful information, resources, and tips to prepare for a domestic to overseas transfer (info applicable to community members whose agencies follow Department of State transfer allowances and procedures).

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/srvfECVUSgFCG93RA

Are you preparing for your next domestic to international move? If so, sign up to attend the FSI Transition Center's Ready, Set, Travel webinar on August 25th. This free webinar will provide course participants - including both new and seasoned foreign affairs professionals and family members - with useful information, resources, and tips to prepare for a domestic to overseas transfer (info applicable to community members whose agencies follow Department of State transfer allowances and procedures).

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/srvfECVUSgFCG93RA

AAFSW is here to help!
08/17/2021

AAFSW is here to help!

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AAFSW is excited to resume our programs in person and warmly welcomes you to our new season with a beautiful and unique ...
08/16/2021
September 14 Event at Pakistan Embassy - Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide

AAFSW is excited to resume our programs in person and warmly welcomes you to our new season with a beautiful and unique event, a cultural exploration of Pakistan by H.E. Dr.Asad Maheed Khan, ambassador of the of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The event will take place on September 14 at 11 a.m. at the Pakistan Embassy. More information: https://www.aafsw.org/blog/2021/08/12/september-14-event-at-pakistan-embassy/ . RSVP to [email protected].

  HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF PAKISTAN AND ART EXHBIT OF  PAKISTAN CHALO! COLORS OF PAKISTAN On Tuesday, September 14, 2021. At 11:00 am at the Pakistan Embassy     Dear Friends, AAFSW is ready to get back to resume our programs in person and warmly welcome you to our new season with a beautiful a...

We hope you're enjoying meeting our amazing winners of the 2021 AAFSW Merit Scholarship Awards! Today we'd like to intro...
08/13/2021

We hope you're enjoying meeting our amazing winners of the 2021 AAFSW Merit Scholarship Awards! Today we'd like to introduce you to Jasper Duval , one of our Twice-Exceptional Merit Scholarship winners. Congratulations and best wishes to each stellar student!

Jasper is a third-year student at Northeastern University pursuing a B.S. in Cultural Anthropology and Health Sciences, with a minor in Global Health. He is currently working for Dr. Liza Weinstein, department chair of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern, on her research regarding the legal exclusion of a slum in Mumbai, India. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has gotten involved with his local Food Not Bombs chapter making vegan meals from rescued produce for the local homeless population. In his free time, he sings in an a ca****la group and makes earrings.

We hope you're enjoying meeting our amazing winners of the 2021 AAFSW Merit Scholarship Awards! Today we'd like to introduce you to Jasper Duval , one of our Twice-Exceptional Merit Scholarship winners. Congratulations and best wishes to each stellar student!

Jasper is a third-year student at Northeastern University pursuing a B.S. in Cultural Anthropology and Health Sciences, with a minor in Global Health. He is currently working for Dr. Liza Weinstein, department chair of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern, on her research regarding the legal exclusion of a slum in Mumbai, India. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has gotten involved with his local Food Not Bombs chapter making vegan meals from rescued produce for the local homeless population. In his free time, he sings in an a ca****la group and makes earrings.

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