In March, our team of exceptional students attended the Yale Model United Nations – Taiwan conference for a weekend of debate, diplomacy and working towards consensus. MUN is an opportunity for our students to improve on all of their SWLEs. They engage in academic excellence as they research global issues and a particular country’s stance on the issues prior to attending the conference. They are socially responsible as they determine solutions for massive world problems, and they communicate effectively with students from different schools during unmoderated caucuses, debates, and more. Of course, they become lifelong learners both during committee time and while navigating a new place and situation. We are so proud of all the work they do!
See below for their reflections on the experience.
A special congratulations to Malaika in year 10, who earned the award of Best Delegate in her committee, the highest honor awarded to just one of the 47 delegates in her committee!
Sami Burgess, Delegate of Singapore, Disarmament and International Security Committee
YMUNT, also known as the Yale Model United Nations Taiwan, is a learning conference in Taiwan made for students in year 10 and older. Throughout the conference, I learnt how the Yale MUN procedure works and flows, which is very different from the procedure used at BaliMUN and MYMUN. As well I learnt more about Singapore, my committee (DISEC), and its issues on space warfare and geopolitics and sovereignty in East Asia. Some of the challenges I faced during the conference was trying to keep up with my committee when it would constantly switch from moderated caucus to unmoderated caucus, which would always confuse me. There was also a language barrier since many people in my committee had English as their second language. I think the SWLE that I improved upon the most whilst attending YMUNT is my Life Long Learner and being an Effective Communicator.
Because I learnt a lot of new things such as the “One Country, Two systems policy” and CBM (Confidence Building Measures). Plus Effective Communicator because when the committee formed bloc positions, I would (try to) make sure that everyone’s ideas for the resolution were heard. I fully recommend that people join MMUN because it not only helps give you more knowledge on what’s going on in the worlds, but it also helps you with your public speaking skills.
Arwen Chandra, Delegate of Nepal, Human Rights Committee
What I enjoyed of the trip was the conference, making new friends, bonding more with my friends from CCS, making memories, walking around the city, the food there, the weather, basically everything.
I learned the Yale procedure is different from BaliMUN’s procedure, it’s very different to what we are used to. It is interesting to see how other people do their MUN conference.
My challenges were that I didn’t really know what my country wants, so I had to think of something towards how my country reacts to the issues and find a bloc that seems like what my country would like. I was lucky enough to get the country Nepal, Nepal is a small country that follows more to the stronger countries to prevent some argument towards other countries cause they know that they would lose. So I just followed what the majority of the committee voted for.
I became responsible with my own stuff as I usually trust my parents to check everything for me. I became more open and not afraid to ask anyone questions.
Tamara Darby, Delegate of Bahrain, Arab League
At YMUNT I got to meet new people and got to experience a MUN conference with a different procedure from the previous MUN conference I attended. I learnt more about world issues and what different countries’ perspectives are on them. I did face a few challenges at YMUNT because the difference in the procedure made it harder for me to make speeches at the conference. YMUNT had moderated caucuses and the delegates could bring up any specific topic pertaining to the main topic being debated on. This was hard because you had to know a lot of different and specific information about the topic and it had to be from your country’s perspective. A way to overcome this is by doing a lot of research and finding statistics about them.
At YMUNT I definitely improved on a few SWLEs ones of which was effective communicator because I had to speak for the country I was representing to quite a small amount of people and had to get my points across in a minute or less. I also improved in academic excellence because I got to learn new things, whether it was learning my committee’s topics in more depth, learning about a completely new country or getting used to a new format of MUN. I encourage others to join MUN because it is an amazing opportunity to gain new skills. MUN is a great way to become more confident in public speaking and even helps with social skills when forming blocs with other countries.
Audrey de Saint-Vis, Delegate of Iraq, Human Rights Committee
What I enjoyed the most was meeting new people, making new friends and also visiting a new city. I loved my committee, chair, co-chairs and the city. Everyone was so helpful and caring. My favorite part of the whole conference was the dance, rap, and singing battle that my chair and co-chairs had. It was really funny. The foods that we had were also really delicious.
While attending this trip I learned how to be more responsible for my belongings and also learned the Yale MUN procedure which was really different from the BaliMUN procedure which made it challenging at first.
Through YMUNT I learned how to become more confident, productive, an effective communicator and definitely improved my research skills.
I really recommend others to join because it is a one time experience that you might never get to experience again and you can also meet a lot of people and make new friends and they will definitely not regret it. I am really glad that I attended YMUNT.
Malaika Wauters, Delegate of Singapore, International Maritime Organization
YMUN Taiwan conference was such a memorable experience, even though we had to wake up way too early and maintain a positive attitude through days which were 14 hours long. In addition, I was pleased that I made many new friends through the conference that I hope to see in future conferences. I thoroughly believe that my chair, Sean Callahan, made committee session more interesting because he prompted many delegates to share their stance and brought life to moderated caucuses. As a delegate, my mind was opened to many more solutions that could be applied to various situations and I also improved my resolution writing skills due to the little time given for unmoderated caucuses. Seeing as this was my first conference following the Yale procedure, it was difficult to adjust to this specific procedure however continuing to contribute to discussions, and asking points of information to chair regarding procedure helped me gain an understanding of this new procedure. Through this conference I’ve become a more effective communicator because I had many opportunities to exercise my public speaking skills, leading me to become more confident. I would strongly recommend other students to try MUN because it’s such a fun and educational experience that can benefit them in so many ways.