The Foreign Service Journal, June 2009

Editor S TEVEN A LAN H ONLEY Senior Editor S USAN B. M AITRA Associate Editor S HAWN D ORMAN AFSA News Editor F RANCESCA K ELLY Ad & Circulation Manager E D M ILTENBERGER Business Manager A LICIA J. C AMPI Art Director C ARYN S UKO S MITH E DITORIAL B OARD T ED W ILKINSON Chairman J OSEPH B RUNS S TEPHEN W. B UCK J ULIE G IANELLONI C ONNOR J IM D E H ART J EFF G IAUQUE G EORGE J ONES L AURIE K ASSMAN Y VETTE N. M ALCIOLN D AVID M C F ARLAND A L P ESSIN J O U R N A L OREIGN ERVICE S F T HE M AGAZINE FOR F OREIGN A FFAIRS P ROFESSIONALS Foreign Service Journal (ISSN 0146-3543), 2101 E Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037-2990 is published monthly with a combined July-August issue by the American Foreign Service Associa- tion (AFSA), a private, nonprofit organization. Material appearing herein represents the opin- ions of the writers and does not necessarily rep- resent the views of the Journal , the Editorial Board or AFSA. Writer queries and submissions are invited, preferably by e-mail. Journal sub- scription: AFSA members – $13 included in an- nual dues; others – $40. For foreign surface mail, add $18 per year; foreign airmail, $36 per year. Periodical postage paid at Washington, D.C., and at additional mailing offices. Indexed by Public Affairs Information Services (PAIS). The Journal is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photos or illustrations. Advertising inquiries are invited. The appearance of advertisements herein does not imply the endorsement of the services or goods offered. TELEPHONE: (202) 338-4045 FAX: (202) 338-8244 or (202) 338-6820 E-MAIL: WEB:; © American Foreign Service Association, 2009. Printed in the U.S.A. Send address changes to: AFSA Attn: Address Change 2101 E Street N.W. Washington DC 20037-2990 Printed on 50-percent recycled paper, of which 10 percent is post-consumer waste. 4 F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / J U N E 2 0 0 9 S C H O O L S S U P P L E M E N T G ETTING F OUND : I NTERNATIONAL L IFE 2.0 / 53 The Internet has a special role to play in connecting Third Culture Kids. By Mikkela Thompson S CHOOLS AT A G LANCE / 63 Essential data on educational choices. A V ITAL P OINT OF C ONTACT FOR P ARENTS : T HE O FFICE OF O VERSEAS S CHOOLS / 70 By Kristin Grasso and Carol Sutherland T IPS ON W RITING C OLLEGE A DMISSIONS E SSAYS / 72 By Francesca Kelly C ONTENTS