Members of the Defense Attache Office, Public Affairs Office and Finance Office work on an Information Resource Management top-kit which provides OpenNet connectivity in the Cairns control room. Photo by Andrew Calvin

Mission Australia supports VPOTUS visit

By Marqui Neder Cairns is the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and is located in the Far North Queensland region where rainforest meets modern city. It also became the base for U.S. Vice President...
Ambassador Mosbacher addresses the Women in Tech Summit, Nov. 27. Photo by Karolina Gontarek

GEW highlights entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world

Every year during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in November, the Department of State celebrates entrepreneurship and innovative solutions to local challenges around the world. Since 2007, GEW has served as a platform for connection—engaging...
Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce gives remarks at the International Education Week kickoff event, Nov. 12. State Department photo

IEW promotes study abroad opportunities for students worldwide

By Nathan Arnold International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote the benefits of worldwide international education and exchange programs. The...
OMS workshop participants gather at the home of Consul General Sean Stein. Photo by Alison Sierra

Mission China strengthens OMS professional development

By Zach Alger Last October, 17 Office Management Specialists (OMSs) from posts across broader China convened at U.S. Consulate General Shanghai for the third annual Greater China Office Management Specialist Workshop. Participants included OMSs from...
Children from the Embassy Kinshasa community share their artwork with U.S. Ambassador to the DRC Mike Hammer at his new residence. Photo by Suzanne Francis

Children’s art showcases Congolese-American friendship

By John Dunne Newly arrived to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ambassador Mike Hammer and his wife Margret invited the embassy community to their residence for an exhibit featuring the art of Mission...
Ambassador Deborah Malac greets Community Volunteer Initiative for Development Executive Director Ben Bataringaya at the grand opening and commissioning of the COVOID Youth Empowerment Center in Rubirizi, Uganda. Photo by Khue Nguyen

Uganda youth center creates opportunities

By Garland Smith U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac traveled to southwest Uganda, Nov. 5, for a ceremony to commission the Community Volunteer Initiative for Development (COVOID) Youth Empowerment Center in Rubirizi. Peace Corps Volunteer...
More than 1,000 ECA exchange visitors volunteered at fluid stations along the 26.2 mile NYC marathon course. Photo by Jenny Eisenberg

ECA exchange visitors give back to the community

By Jenny Eisenberg For the fourth consecutive year, the largest and most diverse group of volunteers along the 26.2-mile route of the 2018 New York City Marathon last November was comprised of U.S. Department of...
Participants attend a CCEP-CSO brown bag about careers in conflict management with Deputy Director Chris Wendell. Photo by Nick Dinardo

Exploring career opportunities in conflict prevention

By Nayab Khan The Council for Career Enhancement and Professionalization (CCEP) and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) partnered for a brown bag event last November to discuss careers in conflict prevention. CCEP,...
Ambassador Jean Manes serves meals to families in the waiting room of the Bloom Children’s Hospital. Photo by Juan Carlos Quintero

Online campaign encourages positive action

By Colin Guard A recent Embassy San Salvador social media campaign—to promote volunteerism and increase citizen engagement—significantly outperformed expectations. Public Affairs Section staff who implemented the campaign attribute part of the success to its call...

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