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									                          TICCS Facilities and Personnel

TICCS Centre: The “TICCS Centre” is a two-story building housing all the main facilities of the Institute
including the kitchen, dining room, office, chapel, classroom, storage room, library, office and reading
room. All the main programs and activities of TICCS make use of the facilities of the centre.

Classroom or conference room, located on the first floor of the TICCS Centre, has seating for about 60
participants and is used for the conferences, courses, workshops and seminars organized by TICCS. It is
spacious and airy with good lighting and ceiling fans.

Kitchen and dining facilities: Dining room can accommodate 40 participants. But the garden, which is
quite spacious and ideal for larger groups, can handle 100 people comfortably. The Institute regularly caters
for groups of 50-100 for receptions, parties and banquets.

Administration block: The TICCS administration block is next to the TICCS Centre. Here one may send
and receive telephone, fax or email and internet messages and conduct TICCS business. An administrator
and secretary take care of the TICCS official business while the Guesthouse Manager takes care of
accommodation and maintenance of facilities.

Chapel: The meditation Chapel, featuring religious art with African motifs, accommodates about 20 for
worship services. Mass is said each morning and evening prayers are said after supper. It is a quiet and
secluded place to get away any time during the busy day.

Bookstore: The TICCS bookstore is located at the end of the second accommodation block. It offers the
various TICCS publications and a wide selection of books and literature that augment the aims of the

The library is located on the second floor of the TICCS Centre. It is a highly specialized research library of
16,000 volumes in the areas of general Africana including politics, economics, sociology, religion,
philosophy, development, history, geography and literature; Anthropology and ethnography, Development
studies, Religious studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Missiology and Contextual theology. The library also
contains more than 2,000 specialized journal articles on African ethnography and 200 ethnographic films.
The TICCS Library subscribes to over 50 Newsletters and Periodicals. It receives “seconds” and old copies
from the University of Copenhagen, Indiana University, the University of Michigan and CTU.

Entries have been catalogued using a simplified system on computer and index cards with cross-referencing
by title, author and subject. It is a research library; not a lending library. Books and journals may be taken
to the reading room but they are not allowed off the premises. The librarian may be called upon to copy
pertinent notes and data from the books and journals.

This elegant, rooftop bar with seating for 45 persons is located atop the Senior Staff quarters where its high
ceilings and open air sides offer cool sanctuary and warm conversation to weary learners. Drinks and light
snacks of pizza, burgers, dogs and grilled sausages are enjoyed by participants and local patrons in a
tropical jungle atmosphere provided by cane and bamboo furniture, zana mat ceilings and hundreds of
potted tropical plants. Watch out for the rustle of leaves and two sets of green eyes peering out from the
lush greenery. Spooky and Wintone, the two TICCS cats, may be waiting to see if you order the
“Kokoroko” pizza; it’s their favorite.

The TICCS accommodation block offers 20 double-occupancy rooms with shower, fan or A/C unit. It acts
as a guesthouse, which serves the general public when courses are not in session and serves the course
participants during courses. Clean and airy rooms are offered at moderate prices (10 USD a night).
According to the Lonely Planet guidebook, TICCS is becoming a popular spot with tourists and travelers.

Besides the Senior Staff accommodation block located on campus there are two Senior staff bungalows
located off campus at “Nima” behind T-Poly.

TICCS maintains ten village compounds in ten villages around the outskirts of Tamale. Participants on the
Field Education courses are each assigned a village and a "village helper" to act as guide, interpreter,
language and culture helper, advisor and friend during the immersion part of the program. The helpers see
to the logistics and meals for participants, introduce them to the chief, the elders and the other people of the
village. Participants go to them with their questions, needs and difficulties.

The TICCS compounds are built exactly like the compounds of the villagers except that some of the
building materials are a little better and each includes a toilet. Each compound is made up of four or five
round rooms with grass thatch roofs. The compounds each include an entrance room, two sleeping rooms,
a kitchen, a ventilated pit-latrine toilet and bathing area. The rooms are surrounded by a wall so that each
compound is like a small fortress. The compound is the centre of African life. All domestic activities are
carried on within its walls—the cooking, cleaning, sleeping, sitting around at night telling stories etc. Each
compound is equipped with two beds, bed sheets, two tables and two chairs, a kerosene lantern, a kerosene
cooker and large pot for storing water. Most of the villages have purified “pipe” water from Tamale.

Transport facilities (mini-van for trips & outings etc.)
Communication services (email, fax, telephone)
Secretarial with PC
Availability of PC
Airport with daily internal flights to Accra/Kumasi
Tamale Central Hospital and Shekhinah Clinic are nearby
Tamale is an administrative centre for shopping, business, offices, government
Landscaped grounds and gardens
Jungle Bar: serving drinks and snacks

Tamale is a sprawling urban "village" of about 800,000, about 450 miles from Accra. Although it is far in
the interior it is easily accessible by air and “STC” government bus transport. The bus ride is 12 hours and
leaves Accra at 4.00 AM and 4.00 PM every day. It is advisable to get the ticket a day in advance. A
thriving business and administrative center, it boasts good urban services coupled with small-town cultural

The Institute is a "garden spot" located about one mile north of city center in an area popularly known as
"Agric." Most taxi drivers know “TICCS” and almost everyone knows the “Jungle Bar” which is on the
TICCS campus.
Full-time Research / Teaching / Supervisory Staff
Jon P. Kirby SVD, MDiv (CTU), MA (Theol. DePaul), PhD (Anth. Cantab). Director, Culture Coordinator.
Kofi Ron Lange SVD, MA Linguistics (U of Texas/SIL) Language Coordinator.
Edward Salifu Mahama, BA (Legon), certificate in French, Toulouse, MA and PhD cand. (Applied
   Linguistics, Reading Univ.) Field Supervisor

Assisting Staff
Administrative Secretary

Guest Lecturers
Grace Adjekum MA (Linguistics), MDiv (Fuller).
George Opata BA (Ed) Tamale, Teaching Assistant.
Albert Awedoba PhD (Anth. Oxon), IAS, Legon.
Elom Dovlo PhD (Relig.) Religious Studies, Legon.
Allison Howell PhD (Edinbrugh), SIM.
Vincent Waite MD, Baptist Hospital, Nalerigu.
David Abdulai MD, Med. Practitioner, Tamale.
Rod Kasali, PhD (Linguistics, Univ. of Texas)

Supervisory Staff:

The Director and Culture Coordinator:
Fr. Jon P. Kirby SVD has 30 years of experience as a missionary-anthropologist in Ghana and is founder-
director of TICCS. He speaks three Ghanaian languages, has written and taught extensively on culture and
development, supervises the cultural aspects of the program, and is responsible for the overall running of
the Institute and the overall organization, planning and operation of Part II.

The Linguistic Coordinator:
Fr. "Kofi" Ron Lange SVD has 30 years experience as a missionary in Ghana and is a pioneer in the area of
language and culture learning, and field-training. He is trained in theoretical and applied linguistics, speaks
three Ghanaian languages (Dagbanli, Twi & Nawuri) and is an expert in proverbial language and African
oral literature.

The Site Supervisor:
Edward Salifu Mahama is our research fellow and "on-site" supervisor. He starts the learners at their sites,
takes care of logistics, teaches them new aspects of language and culture and helps them to learn from their
experiences in a disciplined and systematic manner. He holds learners accountable by monitoring their
work, especially their journals, daily texts and observation cards. He also encourages the learners in their
daily tasks and is ever ready to offer practical suggestions. He notes their progress and is available to
discuss with the learners any difficulties they might have, their health or their frustrations. He irons out
difficulties with the local support group and the local community and he works closely with the other
TICCS staff and coordinators.

The Development Coordinator:
Edward Salifu Mahama is the development coordinator. He helps learners to apply their professional skills
or their integrated studies cross culturally. Anthropological knowledge and cross-cultural skills are applied
to human development beginning with indigenous knowledge and the perspectives of the people.
The Village Helpers:
TICCS has a team of 12 "village helpers" who are residents in each of the villages where we place our
participants. They help learners to become "insiders". They assist learners in their daily learning tasks, give
feedback to the learners concerning their relationship with the people and how they are perceived by them.
They advise learners on appropriate or unacceptable behavior. They act as research assistants helping
learners to gather and assimilate information. They keep learners informed about village activities,
especially festivals, celebrations, and other communal activities and they arrange for the learners to interact
with important members of the local community such as the chief, medicine men, diviners, imams, and
opinion leaders.

Support Staff:
Cooks & Cleaning staff for TICCS Centre
Guesthouse Manager
Guesthouse cleaning staff
Senior Staff House cleaning staff
Jungle Bar

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