school

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

You Can Help – Books for Summer Reading Program!

Maybe you can’t volunteer this summer in Nashville to read to refugee kids (IF YOU CAN, go HERE!), but you’d like to help. There are two ways:

Head over to our Amazon Wish List!  On there you’ll find books, blankets, and awnings that will help us serve kids who attend our reading program this summer! […]

May 15th, 2018|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on You Can Help – Books for Summer Reading Program!

Summer Volunteer Opportunity – Refugee Kids’ Story Time

This summer, each Wednesday afternoon in July, we’ll be taking a team of volunteers to a Nashville apartment complex where hundreds of refugee children are wasting away their summer hours playing video games and watching TV.

Our goal is to change that.

We’ve picked out four classic children’s stories and will share one each week.  We will […]

April 10th, 2018|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Summer Volunteer Opportunity – Refugee Kids’ Story Time

American Holidays in Iraq, a Survival Guide – Between Iraq and A Hard Place: Episode 3

The American in Iraq, Holiday Survival Guide!
Hannah and Colleen start with Valentines Day and move through the year to touch on combined Halloween/Thanksgiving parties and finally the great Christmas massacre! Also, see that colander on the right side of the picture… yeah, that’s the one we used on the green beans!

Learn how you can […]

February 6th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on American Holidays in Iraq, a Survival Guide – Between Iraq and A Hard Place: Episode 3

Iraqis Don’t Worry About Dragons Burning Down Houses – Podcast Episode 1

Episode One:
Between Iraq and a Hard Place!
ame>

Two grown women talk about their time living and working in Northern Iraq. They laugh, they cry, there’s drama, there are kittens. There are no dragons. Sorry about that…. We’re disappointed too.
UPDATE: Our podcast is now on iTunes, Stitcher, and many other podcast hosts! 
 

January 30th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Iraqis Don’t Worry About Dragons Burning Down Houses – Podcast Episode 1

Can I Serve in Iraq as a Single Woman?

“Yes! Come! I do not at all feel in danger as a single woman. I don’t go out at nights very often and when I do it’s in groups with others, but taking taxis to get around has not been a problem. It is also not a problem to shop alone at the local […]

January 19th, 2018|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Can I Serve in Iraq as a Single Woman?

What’s it like to live in Iraq?

That awkward moment when you’re walking down the street and spot a guy walking a cute fluffy puppy….except it’s not a puppy, it’s a baby sheep. (I have a picture of said sheep)

Me: Diderot and d’Alembert were responsible for putting together one of the first encyclopedias (mid 1700s)
Student: Did they put it on the […]

January 17th, 2018|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on What’s it like to live in Iraq?

5 Questions to Ask Before Moving to Iraq

Five Questions to Ask Before Moving to Iraq
1. ARE YOU CRAZY?
After all, this is the first question anyone else will ask you. So you had better be sure of the answer. Some of us answer yes, some of us answer no. But we do realize you have to be just a little bit odd […]

October 26th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 5 Questions to Ask Before Moving to Iraq

Backpacks for Refugees!

Help Refugee Kids Go to School

There are over 3.4 million refugees now living in Turkey, making Turkey the host country with the largest population of refugees in the world. Most of these people live outside camps in various cities and towns across the country.

Given how long these wars have been going on, most of […]

September 21st, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Backpacks for Refugees!

30 Iraqis, 5 Americans, and 1 Italian Tour

I never thought of my students as backward or from an undeveloped country. They all had smartphones when I still had a flip. And if their paper was a bit too short, they were certainly tech-savvy enough to try to change the margins or font size by fractions of an inch.
That was why […]

September 19th, 2017|Categories: Europe, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 30 Iraqis, 5 Americans, and 1 Italian Tour