Hannah and Colleen chat about several key terms in Kurdish language and culture: sherma, aiba, and haram. All have meanings that connect to honor, shame, and what is allowable and what is forbidden. Cultural expectations and norms are part of what can be a challenge for a westerner. This podcast explores their shades of […]
Hannah and Colleen just got back from a wedding, and it’s June! So they chat about their various wedding experiences in Northern Iraq, complete with fireworks, cars, photographs, and loud music!
We found a few weddings on YouTube that look a bit like what we’ve experienced! 1. A Rented Hall (check out the […]
I sat down to read this book because I was looking for something I could hand a potential volunteer to help them learn, grow, and shift expectations. I expected a neatly packaged story of helping a refugee to success, and I (in my pride) was prepared to look down my nose at him for […]
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 […]
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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