Culture

Crisis, Isis, and Corona Virus

Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Episode 38

Hannah and Colleen talk about how Kurdish people respond to different kinds of crisis. Some big, some small, some medical, and some military — the Kurds have seen it all and we have gained some perspective from them as we face new kinds of crisis.

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March 11th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Crisis, Isis, and Corona Virus

Buddhism – Theravada Buddhism

Buddhism (an overview)

Buddhism is non-theistic. There is no belief in a higher power and holding on to such a belief is thought to keep one from achieving enlightenment. Enlightenment is achieved not by learning the doctrines of Buddha but by following the Eightfold Path. This Path is concerned with three things: morality ( 3-5 […]

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Buddhism – Theravada Buddhism

Sherma and Shame in Iraqi Kurdistan

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 […]

November 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sherma and Shame in Iraqi Kurdistan

It’s a Wedding!

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 […]

June 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on It’s a Wedding!

Read at Your Own Risk – “Once We Were Strangers” Book Review

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 […]

May 28th, 2019|Categories: Home Office, Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Read at Your Own Risk – “Once We Were Strangers” Book Review

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