If you wondered what U.S. diplomats and their families do in their spare time in the exotic, less exotic and sometimes really difficult places where they live, here’s a partial answer.

They volunteer in their communities.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented awards Tuesday recognizing half a dozen American foreign service workers or their family members for outstanding volunteer work abroad.

Clinton said the award recognized those who “have furthered our nation’s diplomacy and development efforts.”

NATO/Recipients did everything from providing medical services to the poor and disadvantaged in Indonesia to teaching swimming to adults living under tight security in the Green Zone in Baghdad.

Laura Center, the spouse of a foreign service officer, has a master of arts degree in museum studies and has been volunteering at the National Museum of Military History in Diekirch.