Culture

Gender Rules in the Middle East – Men and Women in Northern Iraq

Hannah and Colleen share their experiences of the roles and rules around what it means to be a man or a woman (or boy or girl) in Kurdish culture. Expectations and limitations for both men and women are a bit different than our experiences in the United States and anyone thinking to visit would […]

June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Gender Rules in the Middle East – Men and Women in Northern Iraq

Social Media in the Middle East

Hannah and Colleen explore the difficult and sometimes humorous world of social media in Iraq. If you’ve never had a new Facebook friend go through all ten years of your photos and comments and like or comment on every single one, you should check this out! If you haveā€¦ that’s weird. But join us […]

June 8th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Social Media in the Middle East

Cleanliness is Next To Godliness – What is Being Clean in Iraq

Hannah and Colleen talk about the beautiful extravagance of Kurdish hospitality and walk you through what it’s like to go on a visit to a Kurdish or Middle Eastern home. Hospitality is a key cultural value and is both generous and overwhelming in Northern Iraq and sometimes even when we visit our Middle Eastern […]

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cleanliness is Next To Godliness – What is Being Clean in Iraq

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