Bidding, Travel and Moving

 

Bidding
Researching Overseas Schools
Researching Health Overseas
Moving
Travel
Unaccompanied Tour Information
General Expat Resources

 

BIDDING

General

Foreign Service Bidding Tools
http://www.FSBiddingTools.com 
https://www.facebook.com/FSBiddingTools/

Overseas Briefing Center (OBC)
http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/c6954.htm

Tales from a Small Planet
(Anonymous “Real Post Reports” and “Real School Reports” from cities all over the world, mainly written by Foreign Service community members)
http://www.talesmag.com/

OBC Personal Post Insights
(Answers to questionnaires about life at specific posts, contributed by Foreign Service community members). Can be e-mailed to family members on request.
http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/ppi/

Hardship Differential Posts
https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=175&menu_id=78

 

RESEARCHING OVERSEAS SCHOOLS

OBC School Research
http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/1872.htm

Office of Overseas Schools (OOS)
http://www.state.gov/m/a/os/index.htm

Regional Education Officers
http://www.state.gov/m/a/os/c1686.htm

Education Allowances
https://aoprals.state.gov/Web920/education_all.asp?MenuHide=1

OBC’s Guide on Education Allowance
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/162921.pdf

“Real School Reports” on Tales from a Small Planet
http://www.talesmag.com/real-school-reports/all

International Schools Review
http://www.internationalschoolsreview.com/

AFSA School Lists and Education Articles Archive
http://www.afsa.org/schools-supplement

 

RESEARCHING HEALTH OVERSEAS

Information on MED
http://www.state.gov/m/med/

Center for Disease Control Traveler’s Health
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

FSHub’s Medical Section
fshub.org/medical/

 

MOVING

General Resources

OBC’s Preparing to Go Overseas
http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/c49333.htm

OBC’s Checklist for Moving Overseas
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/203553.pdf

HHE & UAB Allowances
www.state.gov/documents/organization/162929.pdf

OBC’s Packing to Go Guide
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/162929.pdf

It’s Your Move – Outbound
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/77475.pdf

OBC Guide on Automobiles
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/162926.pdf

Moving Tips
http://hardshiphomemaking.blogspot.tw/search/label/Moving%20Tips%20PCS

The Foreign Service Companion: Moving Your Household Without Losing Your Mind
http://www.amazon.com/Foreign-Service-Companion-Household-Without/dp/1484912365/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448538430&sr=1-3&keywords=foreign+service+parents

Realities of Foreign Service Life
http://www.amazon.com/Realities-Foreign-Service-Patricia-Linderman/dp/0595250777/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448538497&sr=1-2&keywords=foreign+service+parents

Realities of Foreign Service Life Volume 2
http://www.amazon.com/Realities-Foreign-Service-Life-2/dp/0595453147/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448538547&sr=1-4&keywords=foreign+service+parents

State Department Travel/Relocation Management
http://www.state.gov/m/a/c8026.htm

AAFSW Online Book Shop
http://www.aafsw.org/publications/book-shop/

PCS Advice and Links from the U.S. military community
http://militaryoneclick.com/colossal-list-pcs-resources-advice-inspiration-military-spouses/

 

Consumables

General Information on Consumables
https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=214&menu_id=78

Posts with Consumables Allowance
https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=181&menu_id=78

 

Allowances
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/88698.pdf

Shopping & Shipping Consumables
http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/1868.htm

Tips from Hardship Homemaking
http://hardshiphomemaking.blogspot.tw/search/label/Consumables%20Tips

 

Moving Insurance

AFSA Insurance Resources
http://www.afsa.org/insurance-plans

USAA
https://www.usaa.com/inet/ent_logon/Logon?adid=icgsch49277486&akredirect=true

Clements Worldwide
https://www.clements.com

 

Moving with Pets

AFSA Pet Resources
http://www.afsa.org/pets

OBC’s Pets & International Travel
NOTE: Airline requirements are constantly changing; contact the Overseas Briefing Center at fsiobcinfocenter@state.gov
http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/c10442.htm

OBC’S Traveling with Pets
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/162927.pdf

OBC’s Pet Import & Quarantine Resources
http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/34588.htm

Pet Shipping Tips
http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/34594.htm

Pet Certification Requirements
http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/34589.htm

FSPets
Yahoo Group for FS community members with pets
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FSPets/info

Fabulous Foreign Service Pets – Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/FabulousForeignServicePets

Hardship Homemaking Pets Posts
http://hardshiphomemaking.blogspot.tw/p/pets.html

 

TRAVEL

 

General Travel

FAM Regulation
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/88649.pdf

Per Diem Information
https://aoprals.state.gov/web920/per_diem.asp

“It’s Your Move” Outbound
www.state.gov/documents/organization/77475.pdf

Hardship Homemaking Travel Tips
http://hardshiphomemaking.blogspot.co.at/p/travel.html

Traveling with Pets

 

UNACCOMPANIED TOUR RESOURCES AND SUPPORT

FLO’s Unaccompanied Tour Resource Page
http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c14521.htm

OBC’s Unaccompanied Assignments Guide
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/162968.pdf

FAQs for ISMA
https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=169&menu_id=78

MHN Support Services for Unaccompanied Tours
http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c23175.htm

FSYF Unaccompanied Tour
http://www.fsyf.org/UT

 

GENERAL EXPAT RESOURCES

Expat Research
Here you can participate in studies on diverse aspects of the expat experience.
http://expatresearch.com/

Families in Global Transition
Yearly conferences and information sharing for expat families and those who serve them.
http://www.figt.org/

The Interchange Institute
Non-profit researching expat issues and offering cross-cultural training.
http://www.interchangeinstitute.org/

Permits Foundation
A non-profit working to improve work permit opportunities for expat spouses/partners.
http://www.permitsfoundation.com/
Interesting list of permit info by country: http://www.permitsfoundation.com/country-info/

Summertime Publishing
http://www.summertimepublishing.com/

Career in Your Suitcase
Books and information for expats, especially spouses/partners.
http://careerinyoursuitcase.com/

Bidding Resources List
http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/c10391.htm

Reports on Family Member Employment and Childcare by Post
Check OpenNet (employees) or e-mail at FLO FLOAskEmployment@state.gov or the Overseas Briefing
Center at FSIOBCInfoCenter@state.gov