In the US we’re pretty used to using our credit cards to pay for things and we’re adding all sorts of new electronic payment methods. But in Northern Iraq, nearly everything is still done in cash. Hannah and Colleen discuss a few of the multitude of reasons for this, but more about the effect […]
Hannah and Colleen bemoan their grey hairs but also wish they’d had some more of them while living in Iraq. They discuss the pros and cons of being younger or older while living abroad, and how you don’t have to be one or the other to serve with us in Iraq! What does age […]
Do you love soccer? Are you looking for a 3-week adventure you’ll never forget?
We are excited about a new opportunity to send a team of 2-4 guys to Iraq this fall to plan and implement a soccer camp for kids from rural villages in Northern Iraq.
We’ve been sending teams to Iraq for 26 years […]
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 […]
Hannah and Colleen share all about the six things you can start doing NOW to get prepared for living overseas. Some of these may seem a bit obvious, others may seem like too much work, but each of these skills we found immensely helpful in our life abroad.
To learn more about how you can […]
Hannah and our Director, John, recently took a trip to Iraq to visit our teams there and to meet up with old friends. So we asked Hannah about the food, the weather, how things are on the ground in North Iraq, and lots more!
If you have questions you would like to […]
Part two on re-entry! Did you know it supposedly takes as long as you lived in the foreign culture to readjust back to your home culture? And even then, you are permanently changed. There is no simple “There and Back Again”.
Hannah and Colleen continue their conversation on how to adjust well and also […]
Re-entry is the evil cousin of culture shock and because it isn’t talked about as much, often catches people by surprise. In this episode, Hannah and Colleen share about their own experiences in “coming home” to the United States and the struggles of re-entry.
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So now that you know all about what culture shock is (see part 1!), it’s time to learn how we responded to it and what are ways to cope and come through with your perspective altered but intact.
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