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2019 Humanitarian Assistance Training Exercise - Coastal Promise FTX

from The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education
Registration deadline: 15 Feb 2019 Training date: 14 Mar 2019 to 17 Mar 2019 More Information

The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that provides educational opportunities for students, educators, and professionals to build capacity to work in environments where peacebuilding and humanitarian responses are needed.

Coastal Promise is a full-scale 4-day field training exercise. The exercise recreates the challenges and conditions professionals encounter in complex emergencies characterized by conflict, disaster, and humanitarian need. During the exercise, participants, acting as members of a non-governmental organization, 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. Coastal Promise is held in Swanton, Maryland (Garrett County) (USA). Garrett County is conveniently located - 2 hours from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and 3 hours from Washington DC.

The March 2019 Coastal Promise training exercise will take place March 14-17, 2019. It is geared toward graduate students in any field related to humanitarian assistance and disaster response, including (but not limited to): Emergency Management, International Relations, Conflict Resolution, Disaster Resilience, Social Work, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Public Health, Nursing, International and Community Development, and Non-Profit Administration and Project Management. To attend the event, you must be a currently enrolled (part time or full time) graduate student. International students can apply, but the Forage Center will not sponsor visa applications. If you are not a graduate student, please contact us regarding other options for participating in our programming. Participants will receive a certificate documenting their participation and 70+ training hours obtained during the exercise.

Fee information:
The fee is $700 USD for currently enrolled college and university students and $1,000 USD for working professionals. The program fee covers on-site housing and meals during the training exercise, study materials, and ground transportation round/trip from Pittsburgh International Airport (participants will have to arrange their own transportation if they arrive at a different airport).
How to register:

Registration is available at:

Please click "Apply for Coastal Promise" to fill out the application form. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact David J. Smith, Forage Center President, at, or visit for more information.

Registration closes February 15, 2019.