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And Around and Around – Re-entry Pt. 2

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 […]

April 9th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

What Goes Around Comes Around – Re-entry Part 1

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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March 26th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What Goes Around Comes Around – Re-entry Part 1

Culture Shock Part 2 – Podcast Episode 24

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.

If you have questions or comments please send them to us at hannah@servantgroup.org.

March 5th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Culture Shock Part 2 – Podcast Episode 24

On the Road? Again? – Podcast Episode 22

One of the most exhausting things about living in Iraq is the travel back and forth to the U.S. For a lot of our team members it is almost exactly half way around the world! This means lots of time on airplanes, in airports, and some time in hotels too!

Our major take away today? […]

January 30th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on On the Road? Again? – Podcast Episode 22

Americans Don’t Travel Well – Podcast Episode 21

Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 21
Hannah and Colleen rant a bit about the very annoying Americans they have met or seen in Iraq or in airports flying to and from Iraq. These are the cons of Americans abroad and then some of the good things we bring along with us too!

Join us […]

December 5th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Americans Don’t Travel Well – Podcast Episode 21

The Square Root of Learning – Podcast Episode 20

Hannah and Colleen traipse through the world of Iraqi Education! What are public schools? What are private schools? How are things run differently? All these questions and MORE on this episode of Between Iraq and a Hard Place!

Learn more over on our Iraq page!
Ask questions or send comments to hannah@servantgroup.org.

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Square Root of Learning – Podcast Episode 20

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

Doing Everything and Nothing

Everything and Nothing
Today, I did everything and nothing. That’s what keeps running through my head as I reflect back on my first day. I can’t possibly put into words what it was like – pictures, videos, things you read before you come – nothing described it the way I experienced it. And listening tonight […]

February 6th, 2018|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Doing Everything and Nothing

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

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