In September 2004, five Americans took jobs teaching English at Islamic schools in Indonesia. Besides teaching English, they were there to help Indonesians learn more about the United States in the face of growing anti-American sentiment in Muslim countries. An administrator at an Islamic school dreamed up the idea. A Foreign Service officer helped make it a reality, and the teachers were warmly welcomed.
Foreign Service officers, also called diplomats, work at over 265 locations around the world. They help build bridges between the United States and other countries.
Foreign Service officers promote American political and business interests, provide information and advice about their host countries to U.S. policymakers, arrange cultural exchanges, and help Americans traveling abroad.
Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams were among the earliest U.S. diplomats.
Eager to serve your country and see the world. With few exceptions, Foreign Service officers must have "worldwide availability" -- the willingness and ability to serve anywhere, including remote locations where daily life can present new challenges.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell created the Diplomatic Readiness Initiative, a program to recruit more people of color and people with various career backgrounds into the Foreign Service.