The Coastal Promise Field Simulation ended yesterday, Sunday, March 18, 2018. The event began on Thursday, March 15. The full immersion field simulation replicates conditions that NGO workers face in the field when humanitarian tragedy strikes and peacebuilding responses are needed. This year’s program was set in the fictitious country of “Costero.” The event was sponsored by the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc.
This program was designed for students in graduate programs in the U.S. and overseas. Though many students were in peacebuilding related academics areas, students also attended from global health and sustainability programs. Attending students came from Drexel University, George Mason University, Gaia University, University of Alabama/Birmingham, New York University, Creighton University, Georgetown University, Brescia University, and American University. Forage Center staff role played and supported the logistical aspects of the program. As in the past, returning graduates of the program played the role of controller/evaluators (CEs) – mentors – to new students. CEs came from George Mason University, University of North Carolina/Greensboro, and Tulane University. In addition, role players from the local Fellsmere, Sebastian, and Vero, Florida communities participated including students from Indian River Charter High School and Sebastian River High School.
The overall objectives of the simulation were to expose aspiring professionals to conditions and requirements for working in complex emergencies, both in global and domestic contexts. Students developed awareness of cultural differences, developed team building strategies, engaged in extensive analysis and planning, and responded to local needs as part of the exercise.
The Forage Center is appreciative of all who supported the program including Operation Hope of Central Florida and the City of Fellsmere (FL).
The Forage Center will soon announce the dates and location for the November 2018 exercise. If you are interested in attending, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Forage Center will also offer a program in May 2018 at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA. Contact the Forage Center (email@example.com) if you are interested in attending.