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 […]
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 […]
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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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 […]
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.
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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 […]
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/
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? […]
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!
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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 […]