The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. is a 501 c3 not-for-profit corporation established to advance experiential-based peacebuilding and humanitarian education. Based on a ‘full immersion’ approach, those participating in center programs role play as members of NGOs, military, and civilians in complex emergency situations where peacebuilding and humanitarian skill awareness are important.
The Forage Center model was developed by the late Paul C. Forage. Starting at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL in 2000, Forage offered the field exercise ‘Atlantic Hope’ for undergraduate students to experience working in complex emergency environments. After moving to Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce, FL, he continued to offer the program and also through the field exercise ‘Svetlina,’ offered a similar program in Macedonia for undergraduates. Since its original inception in 2000, over 500 students at the graduate and undergraduate level have participated with many going on to work in humanitarian and peacebuilding environments professionally.
Most recently, the program was redesigned for graduate students studying peacebuilding, conflict resolution, humanitarian assistance, and related areas. Recent institutions participating include George Mason University, Kennesaw State University, Nova Southeastern University, Tulane University, Wayne State University, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
In 2015, the Forage Center was established to continue this effort and Paul Forage’s vision.
Now called field exercise ‘Coastal Hope ‘ the most recent exercise was held in March 2017 in Fellsmere, FL and focused on refugees. The next exercise will be held November 2-5, 2017 and will be open to graduate students as well as professionals, internationals, and educators. If you are interested in attending, you can contact the Forage Center here.