Living Appropriately: Musings From a History Teacher in Colombia

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I happily volunteered to be the head of our school’s Model UN team this year. After prepping for our first conference for the past couple of months, all of us (7 students and 2 teachers) made the short trek across the Taiwan Strait last weekend to our conference site in Xiamen, China (pronounced SHA-men). As this was my first time being involved in any sort of MUN conference and only one out of our seven students had experience from last year, virtually all of us were basically learning on the fly during this event. Fortunately, it was a conference that specifically catered to beginner and intermediate level students, so it was a good fit for our school at the time. Here is a shot of our group as we arrived at the school on the first day:

 

MUN @ Xiamen Int'l School

MUN @ Xiamen Int’l School

I think all of our students would agree that the conference proved to be a success after all was said and done. I had a little bit of apprehension at first, only because I knew from the schedule that our students (or “delegates,” as they are referred to during the event) were in for a long and grueling weekend of speeches, listening, and bargaining. However, they all proved to be up to the task and I was proud of their collective efforts at the end of the event. I wasn’t able to get as many pictures of our delegates in action during the debating sessions as I had hoped, mainly because they were always in their individual session rooms which made it tough for me to be in the right place at the right time. But here is another pic below of our group having lunch at a Japanese restaurant on the first day we arrived:

Day 1 lunch @ Japanese restaurant

Day 1 lunch @ Japanese restaurant

We all enjoyed the experience and I’ve been given the green light to sign up for another couple events next spring (including possibly another one in China–we are hoping to attend a larger one in Beijing), so I’m looking forward to building some consistency and continuity with our school’s program over the course of the next year or two.

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Andrew Leniton