Ah yes, the good times begin for our big move, overseas. I’ve been so quiet in the blogging world because I have absolutely nothing to talk about, I’m serious peoples! I’ve tried writing up a bunch of posts, but there’s never enough content, so that’s why we have complete silence.
For a while, I’ve been debating on how exactly I wanted to share our experience so far with the Olmsted Foundation. As of Monday and having an unsuccessful medical screening, the Olmsted Series came to fruition! I can’t really say how often I’ll be sharing these posts since it’ll be an on-going process. But I’ll quickly highlight the things I’ll be going over since it’s bound to help someone in the future. Even if they’re not part of Olmsted. As we’re going through this process we’re quickly learning the many unknowns of an overseas PCS. Yes, I went on Pinterest and read post after post, but someone like me needs EXACT DETAILS. And these posts didn’t exactly provide me with what I needed.
Over the next few months, here is what I’ll be covering :
- Brief Intro to the Olmsted Foundation
- Overseas Medical + Dental Screening
- Dog Health Screening
- Passports / Visas / IDs
- Familiarization Trip
- Overseas Household Goods Move
- Traveling with Pets (My biggest worry!)
I’m sure I’ll be adding a few posts as more things pop up, but here’s a good start. I’ve blogged about the why and who of the Olmsted Foundation, but I’ll just share a brief recap about the reason why we’ll be going to Slovenia.
What is The Olmsted Foundation?
The Olmsted Foundation founded the scholar program that picks about 20 officers from the entire military to be a part of a three-year educational experience in a foreign country. They’ll be full-time students working towards their graduate degree and learning the language of the country they’re studying in.
It’s such a unique opportunity to be immersed in a foreign country, which will force you out of your comfort zone and to adapt to new surroundings instantly.
Along with us and the rest of our class, we’re scattered all over from India to Georgia. Half of our class is already in their country, while the other half are on the west and east coast in language school until we move to our countries.
I highly recommend this program and they’ve recently added The United States Coast Guard to the Olmsted Foundation! Any coastie friends out there?
On Friday, I’ll be talking about the Overseas Medical + Dental Screening … because that has been a complete DOOZY! I’m actually really antsy to tell you all about it.
If you have ANY questions about the foundation, don’t hesitate to ask! In the mean time here are some posts you can check out.