People in Flight Simulation, Allegany College of Maryland, 9/23/19

The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. had the opportunity to offer the People in Flight Simulation to students at Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) yesterday, September 23, 2019.

ACM is located in Cumberland, Maryland, located in rural Western Maryland. The Forage Center has worked for several years with the college; students from the college have role played in the Coastal Promise Simulation held in Swanton, Maryland.

The People in Flight Simulation is designed to help students understand the experiences of families and individuals forced to flee their homeland because of war and conflict. It also seeks to have students appreciate the work of humanitarian aid professionals and what is entailed in working working with refugees. In the simulation, students are assigned roles as either refugees or aid workers. After an introduction about forced migration, aid workers are asked to interview refugees upon their arrival to a refugee camp. Aid workers ask about health, travel, housing, and educational needs.

The Forage Center has run this simulation as part of the Conflict Resolution Youth Summit held at George Mason University in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Photos from yesterday’s simulation are below. If you are an academic institution (high school or college), and interested in the Forage Center offering this program, please contact us.


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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