New Foreign Service book by EFM Author How do you get a Great Dane onto an airplane? What happens when you have a medical emergency in a country where they don’t speak English? Can you find guacamole overseas, and if not, how will you survive a two-year tour of duty? These questions and more are answered in a new book by Foreign Service (FS) spouse Donna Scaramastra Gorman. The book, available on Amazon, is called “Am I Going to Starve to Death?: A Survival Guide for the Foreign Service Spouse” and it’s already garnered quite a few positive reviews from other members of the FS community. The book is broken… Read MoreContinue Reading
Why Join the Foreign Born Spouses Group? Some Thoughts.
AAFSW and the Foreign Born Spouses (FBS) Group have played an important role in my life from the moment I joined. When I first got to Washington DC, I wanted to start working right away, but I soon realized that I need a clearance to have a decent government job. I wondered whom I should include as my references to get a clearance: I barely knew people in this city, I was born in Venezuela, and I just got back from living overseas! I added a few friends from AAFSW because they were the only people I knew and it ended up working perfectly. I later found out that one… Read MoreContinue Reading
Volunteer at the Art & BookFair 2015!
Starting with a “Book Mart” in October 1961, AAFSW has held a book sale every year at the State Department. This October, the Art & BookFair will once again offer books and treasures from all over the world. Our donors from the Foreign Service community have lived everywhere, and customers come to this sale knowing that they can find truly unusual international items. This sale has raised $60,000 to $100,000 annually. Over the years that has added up to more than a million dollars. AAFSW uses Art & BookFair funds to finance scholarships and many other activities in support of the Foreign Service community, from our website to informational programs… Read MoreContinue Reading
AAFSW Merit Scholarship Winners Recognized at FSYF Youth Awards Ceremony
The recipients of this year’s Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) awards, as well as winners of the AAFSW Merit Scholarships, were honored at the 2015 Youth Awards Ceremony on July 10 at the State Department’s George C. Marshall Auditorium. Winners of the FSYF Art Contest, Essay Contest, and KidVid Contest were recognized during the ceremony. The winning artwork was displayed in the lobby and in slides and the winning videos were running in the lobby for all to see. The FSYF Academic Merit Award and Community Service Award winners were honored as well. The ceremony also recognized AAFSW Merit Scholarship winners Patrick Odlum, Meredith Hilton, Kendall Thompson and Sofia Tipton.… Read MoreContinue Reading
Upcoming Folger Shakespeare Library Guided Tour
Tuesday, September 15th, at 11:00 AM The AAFSW cordially invites you to join us on for a guided tour to one of the most illustrious buildings in Washington DC. The Folger Shakespeare Library is an inspiring and unique place that possess one of the largest collections of Shakespeare’s printed works. It also holds the world’s third largest collection of English books of the period 1475-1700, as well as manuscripts from Elizabeth I, John Donne, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman. The love that Henry and Emily Folger had for Shakespeare inspired them to found a library in Washington DC to host their large collection of Shakespeare’s works. The main Folger building… Read MoreContinue Reading
Traditional Chinese Medicine, September 17
Brought back by popular demand! If you were previously unable to attend this program, you now have a second opportunity to attend. “Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Powerful Form of Holistic Healthcare” AAFSW/FBS cordially invites you to discover the ancient and powerful realm of healthcare that is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Our program will take place on Thursday, September 17 at 10:30 am at the Wildwood Acupuncture Center Academy of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, located in Champlain Building, 6410 Rockledge Drive, Suite 418, Bethesda, MD 20817. Our esteemed speakers are: Dr. Xiaoming Tian, L.Ac., CMD and Dr. Christina Tian, MAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, CMD, BSBA. They will… Read MoreContinue Reading
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