Kurdistan

Iraq in the Time of Covid

Hannah and Colleen take you on a trip through the current state of life in Iraq as seen through reports of team members and our former students. Unlike most episodes, this is a little more current news!

Learn more about joining our teams over at www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq or email Hannah with comments or questions at hannah@servantgroup.org.

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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

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

HospitaliTEA – Kurdish Hospitality Knows No Limits, Also, Lots of Tea

Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Episode 39

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 […]

March 31st, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on HospitaliTEA – Kurdish Hospitality Knows No Limits, Also, Lots of Tea

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

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!

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

My First Newroz

I’ll always remember my first Newroz in Kurdistan as the time a Kurd literally gave me the shirt off his back (and his baggy trousers too!). My wife and I were picnicking with the family of one of our students. Among the many cousins, aunts, uncles, and others, there was a grandfather (or perhaps […]

March 16th, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on My First Newroz