Daily Life

Parenting Internationally – A Conversation With Parents of Young Children in Kurdistan

Hannah interviews our director, John, and his wife, Mary, about how they became parents while living in Iraq and what it was like raising their family there. Living in Iraq has unique challenges for parents. (While Colleen watched the kids!)

Want to join us? We’re always looking for more adventurous families to join our teams in […]

May 29th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Parenting Internationally – A Conversation With Parents of Young Children in Kurdistan

May in Iraq

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 […]

April 24th, 2019|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on May in Iraq

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

It’s Electric! – Podcast Episode 18

One of our favorite topics about Iraq is all the ELECTRICITY! Also, the lack of it. It’s one of those things that we in the U.S. definitely take for granted and see as our right. Not so in Iraq! Power outages are common and wiring is… creative. =)

(Also, there is conversation about the electric […]

October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on It’s Electric! – Podcast Episode 18

Is it Safe? – Security, Guards, and Checkpoints in Iraq: Podcast Episode 14

Is it Secret? Is it Safe?
Hannah and Colleen finally dive into the question you have all really been wondering about. Is it safe? What they really wanted to do was give you the statistics about how much more likely you are to be killed by car accidents, falling pianos, or even your own clothing… […]

August 28th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Is it Safe? – Security, Guards, and Checkpoints in Iraq: Podcast Episode 14

Keep Your Shirt On (and Tucked!): Podcast Episode 13

Keep Your Shirt On: Clothes in Kurdistan
Hannah and Colleen address one of the most commonly asked questions about living in Iraq: “Do you have to cover your head?” And they give a rough overview of women’s clothing in the Middle East with a focus on what they saw and wore in Northern Iraq. Then […]

August 14th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Keep Your Shirt On (and Tucked!): Podcast Episode 13

An Overview of the Kurdish Language – Podcast Episode 12

Kurdish Language Adventures
Hannah and Colleen bring along the amazing and talented Steve, who has been learning and speaking Kurdish for many many years. He shares with us about the history of Kurdish, the various dialects/languages that are part of Kurdish, and some of his own experiences speaking the language.

Join us in Nashville or […]

July 31st, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on An Overview of the Kurdish Language – Podcast Episode 12

Wasta: an Untranslatable Term – Podcast Episode 11

We all know that some words are not easy to translate into other languages. People collect these words and make lists of them (see here and here). But most of the time these words are used quite rarely, like Gokotta — to wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside […]

July 10th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Wasta: an Untranslatable Term – Podcast Episode 11

Year One of Teaching in Iraq – Podcast Episode 9

What do origami frogs, fire, and the Odyssey have in common? Did you guess teaching in Iraq?

Hannah and Colleen remember the adventures of each of their first years teaching in Iraq. Thanks to Julia for suggesting this topic. It had us wandering down the road of memories and how both of us had unusually […]

June 5th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Year One of Teaching in Iraq – Podcast Episode 9

A Brief Introduction to Islamic Holidays – Podcast Episode 8

Islamic Holidays in Northern Iraq
This is part 3 of our episodes focusing on holidays! We tackled American holidays (we’re good at those!), Newroz (you just get swept up in in!), and now we’re attempting to explain the Islamic holidays.

Disclaimer: We are not Muslim and while we did some research online, we certainly didn’t try […]

May 15th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on A Brief Introduction to Islamic Holidays – Podcast Episode 8