Successful Coastal Promise Field Simulation Held at Forage Center New Training Site in Western Maryland

The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education’s recent Coastal Promise Field Simulation was held Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23, 2018 at its new training site in Swanton, Maryland.  This was the Forage Center’s first exercise held in Maryland.

Allegany College of Maryland students as internally displaced persons (Photo: Vivian Lough)
Engaging with role players (Photo: Vivian Lough)

The Forage Center hosted professionals and students from Burundi, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Pakistan as well as from the United Nations, Penn State, Brandeis University, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Garrett County, Maryland.  Nearly 50 attendees, Forage Center staff, and role players participated.  About 25 students from Allegany College of Maryland participated as role players.

Team building activity (Photo: Vivian Lough)

The Forage Center offers both 4-day and shorter field simulations and programs providing professionals and students an opportunity to build their skills and awareness for working in complex emergencies.  A major focus of Forage Center programs has been engaging with internally displaced persons who are in need as a result of a hurricane in a fictitious country that is dealing with a internal political conflict.  While in the simulation, attendees participate in team building, negotiation, strategic and operational planning, and assessment activities.

The Forage Center is grateful to  St. John’s Lutheran Church and Inge and Suresh Choudhary for offering their property for the Western Maryland exercise.

The Forage Center has recently held programs at La Roche College near Pittsburgh and at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

The next Forage Center Coastal Promise Exercise will be held in March 2019.  More details will be provided on the Forage Center website in the coming days.

For more information about Forage Center activities, email



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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