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Pre-departure preparation| What is the experience of going to MUN in New York?

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Not long ago, we shared with you our secondary students’ interesting experience in participating in MUN conferences.

This time, our students Phoebe and Alice also embarked on their MUN trip.

But this time, they went to New York, headquarter of the United Nations.

 

You may wonder: What preparations are required before departure? What is the feeling of debating at MUN conferences? What challenges did they meet?

 

Let’s listen to their stories!

 

This MUN trip was the first and most special one for us. It was really a rare opportunity to stand on the stage of the world, speak out our ideas, and debate on a topic with peers from all over the world.

 

And because of this, we know we need to work harder to achieve more.

 

Learning to communicate before debate

 

Mr. Samuel, our MUN instructor told us that to get prepared both academically and personally, we were not only required to complete the position paper based on the selected topic. In order to improve our communication skills, we also need to prepare three courses about the UN Global Goals for primary students. We became a little bit nervous about this task.

 

Teaching junior students were challenging for us since we had never done that before. So we made great efforts in class preparation.

 

First, in class design, we not only utilized the plan on NAE official website, but also added our understanding in UN sustainable development goals.

Secondly, when designing activities, we added many bilingual videos and designed highly interactive painting and speech activities, so that the junior students could display their own personalities.

 

For example, we asked students to work in group to draw their ideal countries and think about what they would do if they were General Secretary of the United Nations.

 

From these creative and interactive activities, we gained a lot of inspirations. What’s more, we experienced the fun of teaching and learning.

 

What is the United Nations position paper?

 

The purpose of the position paper is to help delegates understand their own country's situation and provide solutions for sharing and debate at formal conferences.

 

Writing a position paper is much more challenging than having fun at classes with junior students. We worked hard on collecting effective information about the state conditions we are not familiar with and finding evidence within a short period of time.

 

Under the guidance of teachers, we looked up a lot of information. We found information about the education on gender differences in Thailand, the protection of world cultural heritage in Sweden, and the legislation on extremism.

 

We felt deeply that, after intensive data research, we not only improved our English writing capacity, but also learned how to extract effective information quickly. What’s more, we had more profound understanding of the state conditions and culture of other countries.

 

We can see, the essence of MUN not only lies in the exciting debate, but also lies in the challenging preparation.

 

Students’ reflections

 

Phoebe: although the preparation is stressful, I felt worthwhile when I met like-minded friends during the process. During exploration, I was delighted to discover my own interest. The feeling of excitement was priceless!

 

Alice: As a student who had never participated in MUN events, the preparation was really a tough job for me. I was confused when I first got the topic of debate. I had no idea about how to start. From then on, I read the materials again and again and made analyzation of different aspects. The inspiration came naturally. Of course, the guidance of senior students and the one-to-one instructions of teachers were also crucial during the process of preparation.