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An American Girl Visits Iraq – An Interview with Hannah

Hannah and our Director, John, recently took a trip to Iraq to visit our teams there and to meet up with old friends. So we asked Hannah about the food, the weather, how things are on the ground in North Iraq, and lots more!

If you have questions you would like to […]

April 25th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on An American Girl Visits Iraq – An Interview with Hannah

Studying for the Citizenship Test

So your friend has asked for your help with taking the citizenship test. But how do you begin studying for the citizenship test? What’s even on this test?

English Evaluation – Speaking, Reading, and Writing InterviewCivics Evaluation – 10 questions picked out of 100 preset questions

There are books that you can buy online and […]

April 24th, 2019|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Studying for the Citizenship Test

May in Iraq

I am hot and sweaty. I recently arrived back home in Suly after spending two days trekking across Northern Iraq to see the schools in Dohuk and Hawler (Erbil). It was an interesting adventure of bumpy roads, security checkpoints, and back roads. I was again impressed with the beauty of this country. The mountains […]

April 24th, 2019|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on May in Iraq

And Around and Around – Re-entry Pt. 2

Part two on re-entry! Did you know it supposedly takes as long as you lived in the foreign culture to readjust back to your home culture? And even then, you are permanently changed. There is no simple “There and Back Again”.

Hannah and Colleen continue their conversation on how to adjust well and also […]

April 9th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on And Around and Around – Re-entry Pt. 2

What Goes Around Comes Around – Re-entry Part 1

Re-entry is the evil cousin of culture shock and because it isn’t talked about as much, often catches people by surprise. In this episode, Hannah and Colleen share about their own experiences in “coming home” to the United States and the struggles of re-entry.

Submit questions or comments to hannah@servantgroup.org or on FB, Instagram, or […]

March 26th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What Goes Around Comes Around – Re-entry Part 1

Tiny Pieces of Paper

Sometimes I am astounded at my kids. This week has been… I struggle to find a sufficient adjective to describe the strange combination of blessings and struggles. One boy brought me a little charm of the American Flag. A girl brought me a necklace that she made herself out of little gold colored glass […]

March 12th, 2019|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Tiny Pieces of Paper

Culture Shock Part 2 – Podcast Episode 24

So now that you know all about what culture shock is (see part 1!), it’s time to learn how we responded to it and what are ways to cope and come through with your perspective altered but intact.

If you have questions or comments please send them to us at hannah@servantgroup.org.

March 5th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Culture Shock Part 2 – Podcast Episode 24

Culture Shock, Part 1 – Podcast Episode 23

Culture shock is a bit of misnomer, but we’re jumping in and using it to help everyone understand what they or their friends go through when living in a foreign culture for an extended period of time. Obviously not everyone has exactly the same reactions, but these are things we’ve experienced and are reported […]

February 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Culture Shock, Part 1 – Podcast Episode 23

Cooking Baklava at Home!

After making Kubba months ago (and struggling with it!), we decided to try making Baklava, one of the most common desserts in Iraq and Greece. It was certainly more successful. Although it is a long and time consuming process with lots of fillo dough and butter!

Here’s the recipe we used: https://natashaskitchen.com/baklava-recipe/

February 3rd, 2019|Categories: Home Office, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Cooking Baklava at Home!

On the Road? Again? – Podcast Episode 22

One of the most exhausting things about living in Iraq is the travel back and forth to the U.S. For a lot of our team members it is almost exactly half way around the world! This means lots of time on airplanes, in airports, and some time in hotels too!

Our major take away today? […]

January 30th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on On the Road? Again? – Podcast Episode 22