Coastal Promise is a full-scale 4-day field simulation. It recreates the challenges and conditions professionals encounter in complex emergencies characterized by conflict, disaster, and humanitarian need. During the event, participants, acting as members of a non-governmental organization (NGO), engage in intensive negotiations, humanitarian assistance, peacebuilding assessment, and human rights advocacy as part of a scenario based on a realistic conflict or humanitarian crisis. It is a “full immersion” experience, by that, you are in role the entire 4 days. You will also be in role before the exercise begins as you receive communication in preparation to deploy as members of an NGO.
To attend the event, you must have had completed an undergraduate bachelor's degree (or equivalent at a foreign institution). It is also recommended (but not required) that you be currently either working in an area where humanitarian, emergency management, global health, conflict resolution or peacebuilding skills are demanded or you have a demonstrated interest in these areas professionally. Those without an undergraduate bachelor's degree may apply for a provisional approval if they demonstrate an equivalent amount of hours of practice or study in a field related to humanitarian assistance. You must be at least 18 years of age. Criteria for determining whether you will be accepted into the program include:
1. Educational background2. Professional background and interests3. Prior experiences with experiential learning and dealing with complex emergencies
Once you apply to the program, you will be in informed within 3 days of your acceptance. In some cases, we might ask for more information about your background. You will receive a confirmatory email with a link indicating how to make payment. Thereafter, you will receive information about how to prepare. The fee is $700 US for currently enrolled college and university students and $1,000 for working professionals. The Forage Center at present does not offer scholarship for the program or funding for travel you might require. If you are in need of funding, please seek outside sources. We can provide you with a letter of acceptance once accepted. If you feel you are unable to secure funding, it is recommended that you not apply. If you are an international and require a letter to secure a visa, let us know. The Forage Center is not able to offer college or university credit for the experience, but will work with your institution if need be to have your institution offer credit. Coastal Promise will be held September 26-29, 2019 in Garrett County, Maryland, USA. The site is about a 2 hour drive from Pittsburgh, about a 3.5 hour drive from Columbus, about a 2 hour drive from Washington, DC, and about a 3 hour drive from Baltimore. If you plan to fly it is recommended that you fly into Pittsburgh International Airport or Dulles International Airport. Participants must arrange their own transportation, but the Forage Center can pick up participants from the Pittsburgh or Dulles airports.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Catherine Cousar at email@example.com or visit www.foragecenter.org for more information.