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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

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 […]

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

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

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?

How Do You Even Get to Iraq?

Going to Iraq presents some challenges. But if you pray, ask for good counsel, and apply to teach with us, you might get to come!
1) Pray. A lot.
Iraq is not an easy part of the world to serve in. It’s difficult to travel to, it’s hot, it’s spiritually challenging. Pray before you do anything […]

January 9th, 2018|Categories: Home Office, Iraq|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How Do You Even Get to Iraq?

Building Bridges in Greece

In Greece, we have begun working with a large refugee community in a small town in the north. We will be going back regularly with teams to help with a refugee preschool program, adult English classes, and even a science and engineering workshop for refugee teenagers.
Here at SGI, God has blessed us with […]

December 5th, 2017|Categories: Europe, Home Office|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Building Bridges in Greece

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