MUN students visit Holland

MUN students visit Holland

Congratulations to our 12 delegates from M4 –D1 who travelled to Holland earlier in October to take part in a Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Arnhem. The students were required to research their committees’ issues beforehand in order to submit position papers outlining the views of their allocated countries, in this case Canada, Italy, Pakistan and Portugal.

Student-led conference

A MUN conference is an entirely student-led environment and it is always impressive to witness students growing in so many ways through lobbying, debating and developing resolutions about extremely complex real-life issues. This trip was no exception; SIS students all came away with new learning experiences and a growth in confidence. Social interaction is an equally important part of any MUN conference and our students made many new friends from other schools and countries, as well as developing some new friendships within our own group.

Unfortunately a very big concert in Arnhem that weekend (arranged much later than Lorentz school’s MUN dates) resulted in a serious lack of accommodation near Arnhem itself, so many schools had to travel quite a distance each day. Particular thanks from all of the SIS group to M5 student Thomas de Lathauwer, whose fluency in Dutch was a great help as we navigated various public transport options. Incidentally, as this video shows, you can depend on Sotogrande students to make the most of all opportunities! 

Waiting for trolley bus at Arnhem station.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZa5H_7HCOo&feature=youtu.be
Exploring Amsterdam

After the conference finished on Sunday afternoon, we were able to enjoy one evening and Monday morning as tourists in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. For some this meant a trip to the Van Gogh Museum, for others their pilgrimage was to visit the Johan Cruijff Arena (home of Ajax FC), while for others the grey skies and intermittent drizzle were not enough to deter them from hiring bicycles for a short exploration by pedal power.

Anne Adamson, Librarian and MUN Coordinator
Student reflections

MUN has given me the most amazing thing in life, a passion and a love that I can’t shake. From the moment I stepped into my first conference I knew that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, whether that means being a senator or a diplomat in a foreign country. MUN has introduced me to an amazing world that I have no interest in leaving. Whatever my future holds I know it has something to do with politics and that is thanks to my MUN experience.

I was always a jack-of-all-trades, pretty good, but not super good at anything. And I never found anything that I both enjoyed and could actually pay well some day. When I joined Model UN on a whim, I found something I loved for myself. Learning about the world, interacting with people, fighting diplomatically over fiscal policy, Model UN is has helped me develop lasting friendships and a genuine interest in politics.

LMUNA was a great first Model United Nations experience, starting from the heartwarming staff and students, ending with a wonderful school that hosted the LMUNA 2017. I enjoyed every single moment of the trip and looking forward to participating more in the future!

Marija Segale

 

One of the best experiences of my life. This is how I would define the school trip to Holland where I went with 11 other students in early October. During 4 days we participated in a Model United Nations conference, that took place in Arnhem, a city to the east of the country. Our job was to debate representing a country and its ideas.

At the end of the lobbying process, resolutions were drafted and agreed between the countries for their subsequent adoption. The debate was handled by two chairs that dictated the timing and course of the debate, of the resolution and of voting. They expressed a lot of respect that everyone was so prepared. It was three very intense days of work, but it was much more than that. We all made great friends as well as getting to know each other better. When the three days of debating ended, we had a free day in Amsterdam, which was also good fun. Everything we went through was amazing but it could not have been possible without Anne Adamson and Jamie Templeton, who volunteered and organized the trip without any outside help and no gain. All the beautiful experiences are due to them.

Jaime Antón Bermúdez de Castro
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