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Between Iraq and a Hard Place
11 minutes | Jun 18, 2022
Tourism in Iraq (Dohuk Region)
Hannah and Colleen continue their conversation about tourist sites in Iraq near Dohuk in this mini episode! Learn more at www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq and email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, comments, or suggestions!
40 minutes | May 20, 2022
Tourist Sites in Iraqi Kurdistan (Suly and Erbil)
Hannah and Colleen walk you through the favorite tourist sites for both locals and foreigners in Northern Iraq. Part two with the sites around Dohuk will come next! Some of these tourist sites in Iraq may surprise you! Learn more at www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq and email Hannah at email@example.com with questions, comments, or suggestions!
31 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
28 Days in Kurdistan (Not a Horror Movie)
Hannah and Colleen have a conversation with Victoria, who went on our teacher training trip back in August of 2021. Hear her reactions, culture shock, what she learned, and whether or not she'd ever go back! Also find out about what to do when you break your ankle on a mountain hike! Lear more at www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq and email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, comments, or suggestions!
31 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
What is the Chaldean Church? - Part 3
Hannah wraps up her research on the Chaldean Catholic Church with their modern history in Northern Iraq, the destruction by ISIS, and the various diasporas to the West. What is the fate of Alqosh now? What will happen in the future to the church as their numbers dwindle? We don't know, but we do share how we got where we are. Learn more over at servantgroup.org/Iraq or email Hannah at email@example.com.
30 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
What is the Chaldean Church - Part 2
Hannah teaches Colleen more on the history and beliefs of the Chaldean Church in this, part two, of a three part series. This episode covers the re-unification of the Chaldean Catholic Church with Roman Catholic Church along with some of the distinguishing features of the Chaldean Catholic Church liturgy and tradition. Keep an eye out for the best sourdough starter ever! Yeah... that will make sense later. To learn more, visit our website at www.ServantGroup.org!
32 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
What is the Chaldean Church - Part 1
Hannah teaches Colleen about the origins of the Chaldean Church in this, the first episode of THREE episodes on the history and beliefs of the Chaldean Church. The splits, lines, and practices help illustrate how the Christian community in Iraq came to be there and their long history in the area.
31 minutes | May 17, 2021
Ways Iraq Changed Us
Hannah and Colleen share the ways that Iraq shaped small behaviors in their lives including hand gestures, expectations of people, restaurant protocol, and more. These are some of the ways that that Iraq changed us and made us different from our peers here in the US. Also, celebrating 50 episodes!
27 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Racism in Northern Iraq
Hannah and Colleen describe how they observed different skin colors and nationalities are treated and valued in Northern Iraq. How were our black teammates treated? Asian-looking ones? Is there a difference between how men and women of color are treated? We answer these questions and more!
29 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Going to the Movies in Iraq
Hannah and Colleen take a trip around the world and into a Middle Eastern movie theater. Sometimes watching a movie in Iraq is like a short visit to the United States, but other times it's more like visiting a different country... or a different planet where the spoken language is Arabic but the written language is Russian. It's exciting. See links to the movies and learn more at www.ServantGroup.org! Contact us with comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Hannah and Colleen interview our office manager, Kim, who tells the BEST stories. Both master story-teller and and hostess extraordinaire, Kim lived in Iraq with her family and taught at the Medes school in 2010. We think someone should pick up her life story as a sitcom, but in the meantime, you get to enjoy the wild and wacky things she has seen! =D Learn more at www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq! Or email us with questions or comments at email@example.com.
23 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Getting Exercise in Iraq - Work it Out
Hannah and Colleen talk about how they found ways to exercise in Iraq and the cultural stereotypes that accompany men's and women's opportunities to exercise. Should you bring a Wii? Should you plan to run a marathon?
24 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Colleen and Hannah talk about what "going to church" looked like in Iraq. A lot of people have questions about this and a lot of preconceived ideas about what it means to be a Christian living in a pre-dominantly Muslim country. Learn more at www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq! Send us comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org!
21 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Iraq in the time of COVID
Hannah and Colleen take you on a trip through the current state of life in Iraq as seen through reports of team members and our former students. Unlike most episodes, this is a little more current news! Learn more about joining our teams over at www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq or email Hannah with comments or questions at email@example.com.
20 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Super Sour Surprise!
Lemon, sumac, unripe fruit, pickles... sour food is overwhelmingly popular in Kurdistan. Hannah and Colleen chat about all the foods that make your mouth pucker and water in Kurdistan. Go grab your jar of pickles and join us in the culinary journey through sour foods in Iraqi Kurdistan! Learn more about joining our teams over at www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq or email Hannah with comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Gender Rules in the Middle East - Men and Women in North Iraq
Hannah and Colleen share their experiences of the roles and rules around what it means to be a man or a woman (or boy or girl) in Kurdish culture. Expectations and limitations for both men and women are a bit different than our experiences in the United States and anyone thinking to visit would do well to know what they might be getting into. www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq email@example.com
26 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
Social Media in the Middle East
Hannah and Colleen explore the difficult and sometimes humorous world of social media in Iraq. If you've never had a new Facebook friend go through all ten years of your photos and comments and like or comment on every single one, you should check this out! If you have... join us anyway to see your social media posts in a new light. www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq firstname.lastname@example.org
27 minutes | May 6, 2020
Cleanliness is Next To Godliness - Being Clean in Iraq
Colleen and Hannah talk about how the idea of cleanliness has some interesting cultural rules and expectations in Northern Iraq that make people mop their patios daily but throw trash in the street. What is clean and what is not? How important is being clean? How did we adapt our lives and practices to their cultural standards and did we fight against it? Learn more at servantgroup.org and send questions to email@example.com!
35 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
HospitaliTEA - Kurdish Hospitality
Hannah and Colleen talk about the beautiful extravagance of Kurdish hospitality and walk you through what it's like to go on a visit to a Kurdish or Middle Eastern home. Hospitality is a key cultural value and is both generous and overwhelming in Northern Iraq and sometimes even when we visit our Middle Eastern friends in the U.S.! Learn more at servantgroup.org and send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org!
30 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
Crisis, Isis, and Corona Virus!
Hannah and Colleen talk about how Kurdish people respond to different kinds of crisis. Some big, some small, some medical, and some military -- the Kurds have seen it all and we have gained some perspective from them. www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq
31 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
The Cash Economy in Iraq
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 it has on every day life and how everyone navigates multiple currencies!
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