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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.

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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

Americans Don’t Travel Well – Podcast Episode 21

Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 21
Hannah and Colleen rant a bit about the very annoying Americans they have met or seen in Iraq or in airports flying to and from Iraq. These are the cons of Americans abroad and then some of the good things we bring along with us too!

Join us […]

December 5th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Americans Don’t Travel Well – Podcast Episode 21

New Project! Renovating the Basement!

     Some exciting news, – we’re getting ready to expand and renovate our downstairs office into a refugee ministry center! For a long time, we’ve wanted to have a place where our volunteers and refugees can meet together for programs and activities like sewing, exercise, job training and more.  A little more info […]

November 27th, 2018|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Project! Renovating the Basement!

The Square Root of Learning – Podcast Episode 20

Hannah and Colleen traipse through the world of Iraqi Education! What are public schools? What are private schools? How are things run differently? All these questions and MORE on this episode of Between Iraq and a Hard Place!

Learn more over on our Iraq page!
Ask questions or send comments to hannah@servantgroup.org.

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Square Root of Learning – Podcast Episode 20