An Introduction to TICCS by gks27426


									                              TAMALE INSTITUTE OF
                            CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES
                           A Brief General Description of TICCS
TICCS is a teaching and research center of the Catholic Church in Northern Ghana. It offers courses in
language-learning, culture-learning and learning for appropriate ministry and development. TICCS also
sponsors seminars, workshops and conferences on aspects of culture and ministry or culture and human
development in Ghana, and it fosters research and publishes on these and related topics. Its dual aim is to
advance the cause of indigenous knowledge and development, and to foster inculturation in Ghana.


TICCS makes its conference facilities available to groups wishing to use them for conferences, seminars
and workshops. TICCS is situated in the heart of Tamale next to the Archbishop's residence at No. 21
Merchant's Residential area, popularly known as "Agric Ridge." TICCS offers a quiet and cordial
atmosphere with all the advantages of being "downtown." Facilities include a main hall with a seating
capacity for 60 and a smaller hall with seating for 25. Complementary equipment includes television/video,
overhead projector, video camera, tape recorders, flip-chart easels, black board, "white" board and "flannel"
board. Services include library, reading room, garden gazebo, cultural dance dais, rooftop bar and chapel
for services. Six smaller rooms for discussion groups are also available. Facsimile, email, copying and
computer services are available at modest prices. Spacious grounds provide ample parking.

         Rates and Bookings
         Rates are payable in Cedis at the current Cedi/Dollar exchange rate at the time of payment. TICCS
         gives priority to its own programs, which are held throughout the year so please consult with our
         administration. Bookings can only be guaranteed by advance payment.

         Accommodation (breakfast included)
         The Institute offers 10 double-occupancy rooms with fan, shower and washbasin and ten double-
         occupancy, self-contained rooms with air-conditioned. Our back-up water tanks and generator
         guarantee plenty of water and power in any emergency. Enjoy the landscaped gardens and the
         "Jungle Bar" which serves drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs and Pizza.
              10 USD per night (single room) (15 USD for air-condition)
              15 USD per night (double room) (20 USD for air-condition)

         The Institute caters to groups large and small with a wide range of house specialties.
              Breakfast: 2.50 USD for non-boarders (coffee/tea, bread, jam, egg, hot cereal)
              Ghanaian plate: 2.50 USD (starchy staple, "soup/sauce" and meat)
              Continental plate: 3.50 USD (European soup, salad or veg, gravy/sauce, meat,
              Tea break: 1.25 USD (coffee/tea, minerals, biscuits)

         Cross-Cultural Orientation Course
In this one-week (5-day) course participants are introduced to Ghana's peoples, customs, beliefs,
and practices viewed in terms of their political, economic, familial and religious systems, and to
perceptual and communicational problems arising from cross-cultural differences. Participants
attend lectures, discussions, make field visits (a chief, village compound, market, leather works,
pottery, diviner, semi-traditional health center, pito bar), experience the music and dancing, view
ethnographic films and enjoy an African-style buffet and celebration (see profile).

Cross-Cultural Communication Course
This is an intensive three weeks of learning (1) a method for LEARNING ANY LANGUAGE
AND CULTURE, and (2) perspectives for learning HOW TO DO APPROPRIATE
DEVELOPMENT in another culture, packaged as 48 lectures and 29 practical sessions (see course
profile). The program aims to equip participants to learn a language and culture by immersion and
to learn how to make their work more culturally appropriate and relevant.

One-Month Introduction Course
The above two courses are normally combined into one course lasting one month which takes
place five times a year: in February, May, August, September, November

Specialized Courses
Although TICCS highly advises participants to take the full month introduction course, we also
organize specialized courses tailored to your organization’s needs, e.g. ultra-intensive 3-wk and 2-
wk packages.

Study Tours
TICCS offers special “study tours” for university students and various youth groups. These are
short, intensive experiences of life in Africa from the insider’s perspective. They involve two
weeks of selective sightseeing and touring, one week of cross-cultural orientation, one week of
learning how to live in a village context, four days of village live-in and two days debriefing and

Field Education Programs (FEPs)
Twelve-month Ministerial Field Education Program (MFEP)
Twelve-month Interdisciplinary Field Education Program (IFEP)
Three-month MFEP & IFEP

Culture and Development Seminars
Once a year TICCS hosts a four-day seminar on themes related to “Culture and Development”.
Topics have included: “The Witchcraft Mentality”, “Women and Development”, “Peace-making
and Peace-keeping and development”.

Cultural Analysis Workshops
Every year TICCS conducts a cultural analysis workshop for field workers in development. The
workshop is in two parts, each part lasting one week. The first part introduces participants to the
concepts and methods; the second part assists participants to integrate and write up their research
in ethnographic format. There is a period for research in between the two parts.

Other Activities
Anthropological Conferences and Consultations: every three years
Research: anthropology, linguistics, human development, religions, contextual theology
Publications: Occasional Papers, The Newsletter, books, scholarly papers for journals etc.
Consultancy: social and cultural analysis for Christian Ministry and Development
Conference room (seating for 60)
Accommodation (20 double-rooms with fan or A/C)
Kitchen and catering facilities (meals are Continental and Ghanaian)
Junior and Senior staff residences
Library: 16,000 volumes (including 200 ethnographic films)
         Anthropology and Linguistics
         Development Studies
         African theology
Administrative building
Landscaped gardens
Village compounds (ten village immersion sites)
Medical facilities nearby
Transport nearby (airport, bus)
Communications: Ph/Fax/email/internet

P.O. Box 1012 Tamale, N.R.
Ghana, West Africa
Ph. (00233) (71) 22914
Fax: 22836

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