Forage Center to Hold Coastal Promise Exercise in Western Maryland, September 20-23, 2018: Registration Closes 9/7/18

The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education will hold its Coastal Promise Humanitarian and Peacebuilding Field Exercise September 20-23, 2018 in Swanton (Garrett County), MD, USA.  The location is about a 2.5 hour drive west of Washington, DC, 2 hours south of Pittsburgh, and 3 hours east of Columbus, OH.

The exercise is open to individuals of all backgrounds, provided they have an interest in humanitarian and peacebuilding work.  It is requested that applicants have a bachelor’s degree (though provisional acceptance can be granted in some cases for those who don’t have a degree).  The fee for part-time or full-time students is $700; and $1,000 for working professionals.  All applicants must be 18.  International are encouraged to apply, but there is no scholarship available.

The closest airport is Pittsburgh International Airport, and the Forage Center can pick and return attendees there.  The exercise starts on the afternoon of Thursday, September 20 and ends on the afternoon of Sunday, September 23.

The simulation  provides an opportunity for individuals to experience working in a complex emergency situation characterized by both natural and manmade disasters.  During the simulation, participants engage with government officials, military officials, internally displaced persons, and others to complete their mission as members of an NGO.

Information about the Forage Center’s most recent program in Pittsburgh at La Roche College in May 2018 is here, and the March 2017 program in Florida here.

Application and registration is here.  Once application is made, the applicant will be informed within 3 days about acceptance, then payment is required. Registration closes 9/7/18.

If you have questions about the exercise or the work of the Forage Center contact



Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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