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/ForeignServiceBiddingTools

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

Tandem Couples

Tandemonium
http://diplopedia.state.gov/index.php?title=Portal:Tandemonium : this Diplopedia link needs OpenNet access

Tandemonium FAQs
http://diplopedia.state.gov/index.php?title=TANDEMonium_FAQs :this Diplopedia link needs OpenNet access

 

RESEARCHING OVERSEAS SCHOOLS

OBC School Research
https://www.state.gov/key-topics-office-of-overseas-schools/schools-worldwide/http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/1872.htm

Office of Overseas Schools (OOS)
https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-administration/office-of-overseas-schools/

Regional Education Officers
https://www.state.gov/contact-us-office-of-overseas-schools/

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

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

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
https://www.state.gov/key-topics-bureau-of-medical-services

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

HHE & UAB Allowances
https://fam.state.gov/FAM/14FAM/14FAM0610.html

OBC’s Packing to Go Guide
https://2009-2017.state.gov/documents/organization/207898.pdf

It’s Your Move – Outbound
https://2001-2009.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/rsrcs/pubs/77356.htm

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 Office of Logistics Management
http://www.state.gov/m/a/c8026.htm

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

Office of Allowance

https://aoprals.state.gov/web920/location.asp?menu_id=95

Allowance for Transition

https://www.state.gov/allowances/ 

Shopping & Shipping Consumables
https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=111&menu_id=75

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/advice/permanent-change-of-station

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

Pet Shipping Tips
https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/plane-talk-traveling-animals

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

 

Special Considerations if you Like Adventure Tourism  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/adventure-tourism.html

Department of State Travel Advisories
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html

FAM Regulation
https://fam.state.gov/fam/14fam/14fam0510.html

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

“It’s Your Move” Outbound
https://2001-2009.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/rsrcs/pubs/77356.htm

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

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

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