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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

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

Math is Too Hard!

Math is Too Hard!
My favorite memory is of meeting Ari, a Syrian refugee.  He was 16 years old and brilliant.  As an engineer, I began asking him if he would like to study engineering.  He said, “No, math is too hard”  So I began asking him questions about math assuming he was struggling with […]

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Math is Too Hard!

Home in Iraq

Where is Home Anyway?
The past six months have been a whirlwind filled with new friendships and experiences.  It’s hard to remember how much things have changed since we first arrived.

Somewhere along the line, relationships developed with the students, and with it evaporated the vast majority of classroom behavior problems.

Somewhere along the line, we went […]

March 7th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Home in Iraq

How Safe Is It?

Visiting My Daughter in Iraq (part 3)
Over the next few days we met the rest of the team and shared several meals with them. We got to meet many of the students and saw her interaction with them, their questions about everything.

We got to go shopping, both at the markets in the city, and […]

January 31st, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on How Safe Is It?