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Are you a graduate student and need on the ground field skills? A field simulation is the right thing for you.

Join us at Coastal Promise for a one of a kind experience!

“The [simulation] helped me decide that I’d like to start…transitioning to the humanitarian…side of foreign assistance programming”

William Johnson, George Mason University, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS 2016, currently working for FHI 360 in Bangkok, Thailand

Join us at Coastal Promise for our unique simulation designed for peacebuilding/humanitarian activities.

The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. will hold its Coastal Promise (formerly called Atlantic Promise) Field Simulation, March 15-18, 2018 in Fellsmere, Florida, USA.

This is the only field simulation offered specifically for graduate students focusing on humanitarian and peacebuilding activities. The event includes military personnel as role-playing participants.

Better training for those working in complex emergencies is demanded to meet today’s challenges. This simulation is designed to prepare professionals to work in situations where humanitarian and peacebuilding responses are called for.

“[The exercise] was one of the most transformational experiences of grad school, as it tested my limits, gave me confidence in my abilities as a practitioner, and inspired me to continue to work in the peacebuilding field.”

Thomas Stukes, George Mason University, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS, 2016, currently working as a project organizer for the American Federation of Teachers

The 4-day full-immersion brings together graduate students who take on roles as members of an international NGO working in a crisis characterized by both conflict and natural disaster. The NGO engages with role players to complete specific tasks related to its mission. Participants are on site the entire period and are in role for the entire simulation. During the experience, students work in teams to meet with locals, government officials, military, other NGO workers, and refugees. The NGO workers’ living conditions replicate the challenges of what might be found in humanitarian situations. This is an opportunity for students to develop important team building, resiliency, and cultural awareness skills, as well as learn about international humanitarian expectations. 

The fee for students for 4-days is $625 which includes all food, lodging, and local transportation. Both U.S.-based and international students are welcome. Students need to get to the site in Fellsmere, FL on their own (The Forage Center will pick up and return students from/to Orlando International Airport). The Forage Center will be offering a limited number of scholarships that can offset some of the registration costs. Registration can be completed here, and closes February 2, 2018. You can read about past simulations here and here.   

“I wanted you to know that the experience I had [at the simulation in Florida] helped me get this job!”

Heather Payne, George Mason University, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS, 2016, currently working as a protection officer in South Sudan for Nonviolent Peaceforce






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