What is Diplocon?

Diplocon was founded to provide resources for people seeking jobs providing construction services to the Diplomatic Community. While continuing to do so, it has also evolved into a nexus for employment professionals and consultants, job seekers interested in employment OCONUS (Outside CONtinental United States) in any field, and people already OCONUS whether working in the diplomatic realm, construction, maintenance, and support of diplomatic facilities, or in other professions and roles.


Just say “No” to drugs – really


Don’t even consider using recreational drugs in a foreign country. You could end up in a very nasty prison (or worse). While I was in the West Indies, a coworker – a West Indian female that worked in the restaurant at the resort I worked at – was convicted of possession of one gram of cocaine. I happened by the courthouse as she was being led away to serve a seven year sentence in a prison with a straw mattress to sleep on (and no HBO or amenities like US prisons). I’ll never forget the way she looked knowing what was to come. 

You have few or no rights in many countries, so don’t think someone will appoint or hire a lawyer to help you. 

The movies you may have seen that portray US Embassies as a source you can call to get you out of trouble are totally inaccurate. The Embassy staff can’t help you if you screw up, and contrary to what the movies may show or the journalists writing their spin on occasional high profile international incidents might lead us to believe, our embassies are not there to serve US citizens that get themselves into trouble. Embassies are about top level diplomats talking to other top level diplomats – not about you and me. US Consulates can provide some legal services, but those few services are often more along the lines of collecting donated blankets and books to give to Americans incarcerated in country for crimes they have been convicted of. The bottom line is; stay out of trouble! Any country has enough to offer to keep you amused without getting into trouble, but you can get into trouble any place if you are looking for it.

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