The MUN experience of Jannicke Martin

Jannicke is one of our award winning alumni from our Oxford delegation. Underneath she advises you to apply to a LeidenMUN delegation and its unique preparation track.

“Let me tell you about two girls. The first one just moved to the Netherlands without really knowing what she got herself into. Turning red the second she has to stand up and say something in front of more than two people and knowing about the United Nations almost as much as Timor-Leste. The other girl however knows that raising your voice, standing up for something and believing in a cause is powerful and can be found within everyone. She knows that there is never just one perspective and that the future is created on a daily basis in politics. She knows that engaging, interconnecting and respecting are crucial parts to understanding what is happening all around. Funny enough that these girls are the same person, me, but only eight weeks time apart.

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MUN for me was like a climb. Since I’ve never heard of it before, I was convinced it was like any other debating society. I honestly have never been this wrong before. The beginning was overwhelming and I immediately started doubting myself as to what I was actually doing there. Little did I know that the journey I was about to begin would give me so much more than an insight to politics. It gave me true friends, more experiences than I can count, and most importantly the chance to discover new sides to myself. I’m not joking when I say that I learned more in these last weeks than I did during any other time. However, it should be noted that it is on oneself to take advantage of this opportunity by taking the track serious, but when you do it there should literally nothing holding you back from an incredible lifetime lesson, not only for inside the classroom or lecture hall, but rather for the rest of your life. The conference itself is really just the cherry on top, so enjoy every moment of it.”

At this moment you can apply for our Harvard delegation

Join our Harvard miniMUN!

LeidenMUN is hosting a miniMUN on November 12th. This event will be a one day insight in our unique training programme. For one day you will represent a country and debate topics such as media censorship, peacekeeping missions and the Rohingya in Myanmar, together with our current delegates and alumni.

The purpose of this event is to show prospective delegates, and everyone with an interest in MUN, what it is to be a delegate at LeidenMUN. Our delegates commit to an intense training programme. During this programme you will experience tremendous personal development. During this event you will receive a small preview of our programme and the benefits.

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The MUN experience of Hannah Wilson

Who is better in explaining the value of our training programme then our LeidenMUN alumni. Read the story of, the award winning, Hannah Wilson, delegate of the Euromun 2017 delegation.

“Leiden MUN was the most rewarding experience of my exchange to the Netherlands. The moments I spent learning how to make an impassioned speech about UN topics, or working to form a strategic bloc against some of my favourite people, will stick forever in my mind. I have never grown so much or so quickly as a person as I did during the 8 week program. I met a group that became like a family, a group of some of the most sincere and interesting people that are now some of my closest friends — training rigorously every week apparently brings people very close, very quickly.

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I entered this program as a person that was apprehensive about asserting myself in front of others, and could not form impromptu speeches. The unique format of this program teaches you all the skills you need, and connects you with delegate trainers that will pick you up when you doubt yourself and provide crucial wisdom to let your ideas become reality. I left with confidence in lobbying, debating, speech writing, and most importantly, confidence to push myself in times of doubt and uncertainty. I am infinitely grateful to the people I met, whether it was fellow delegates, my invaluable delegate trainer or the board, who helped me achieve what I was able to during this program.

If you are wondering if you have it in you to do Leiden MUN, you do. If you are wondering if you should apply to Leiden MUN, do it.”

Apply now for our Harvard delegation.

Harvard applications are open

Apply soon for one of the largest MUN conferences in the world. The Harvard MUN conference (HNMUN) is the most competitive conference LeidenMUN attends. HNMUN is nearly as old as the United Nations itself and is often times considered to be the founder of the Model United Nations concept. It is with great excitement that LeidenMUN will, for its 12th consecutive year, fly overseas to attend this highly competitive and intense conference in February 2018. Read more here.

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Oxford applications are open

Oxford is heralded as one of the most prestigious universities in Europe, and therefore the same prestige can be credited to its OxiMUN conference. The conference attracts students from all over the world, with a diverse range of backgrounds. Leiden MUN is proud to have sent a delegation to this conference for several years, and will be sending a new delegation to the upcoming 2017 conference. In the previous years, our delegation’s success during this conference has been attributed to our 8-week preparation track.

 

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The preparation track is founded on 4 pillars that we believe are the foundation of diplomacy. These pillars are: public speaking, resolution writing, lobbying, and research. During the preparation track you will participate in our Tuesday evening skills lab, where we will teach you the ins and outs of the individual pillars. In addition, every Wednesday evening you will engage in a MUN mock debate. During these debates you will apply the knowledge gained during the skills labs and our delegate trainers will present to give you extensive feedback.

Our training sessions are not solely completed in group environments, we apply an individual approach as well. Each delegate gets a personal trainer who will meet with you on a regular basis to discuss your personal development and give you one-on-one feedback.

You can apply for this delegation until the 3rd of September (23.59) by sending an email with a short motivational letter (500 words) and your CV to info.leidenmun@gmail.com (please use “application OXIMUN 17 – NAME” in the topic line). More information regarding the preparation track, our foundation, and the selection procedure can be requested via the same email-address. The conference will take place 3rd-5th November and the preparation track will start in the beginning of September.

(The cost to participate in this delegation will be €480,-)

Board positions open!

You can send in an expression of intent to apply for the board. Afterwards we will provide you with more information regarding the application procedure. The deadline will be the 28th of May. Underneath you find more information regarding the open positions.

Treasurer

As the treasurer of the Leiden MUN Foundation you are responsible for the yearly budget which consists of the income and expenses for each conference that the foundation attends. Furthermore, as the key financial person in the board you also have the task to actively search for funding, in cooperation with the acquisitions and promotions officer, in order to make participation as feasible as possible for our delegates. This includes sending funding requests to governmental, educational, and other institutions. Finally, the treasurer of Leiden MUN also has the task to organise all the logistics of the trips we take as a delegation to the conferences. This thus includes the financial aspect, but also conference registration, travel, accommodation, and all other elements which come with the organisation of a trip for large groups.

As the treasurer you therefore need to be organised, straightforward, and flexible. The position requires a lot of organisation because you are responsible for the finances. Any mistake you make creates difficulties for the delegates and your board. Within your board it is important that you are able to set clear boundaries and guidelines regarding the budget so that your entire board knows what expenses can or cannot be made. Furthermore, it is essential that you are able to plan well and prioritise as you often work on aspects of conferences far before the rest of your board is even considering them. You are responsible for registering the delegation on time and booking everything in advance. Finally, you need to be flexible, as unexpected costs will arise and your planning will not always work out the way that you want it to. Therefore you need to be able to adapt quickly to these situations.

Trainer

The position of delegate trainer is a very diverse and engaging role to have in the board. Immediately from the onset of the year, you will be challenged to design a prep track for the first conferences. It requires both a rigid planning of sessions and educational topics, as well as due flexibility to all the challenges and changes that pop up during the year. When academic courses start, you will find yourself constantly engaged, working from session to session, prep track to prep track, until the month of May.

The function requires a thorough understanding of the competences and knowledge required to be a good delegate, as well as affinity with the particular character of the foundation itself. Aside from being a good delegate yourself, being a trainer also requires skills and enthusiasm needed to teach another generation of students the core concepts of Model UN.

In closely working together with your co-trainers, as well as the rest of the board, you need to have a pro-active, motivated way of picking up work. This inquisitive mindset focussed on modelling and remodelling the theories and practices of Model UN should not contrast, but rather complement the cooperative and fraternal attitude that you share with the board.

All in all, the position provides an incredibly dynamic opportunity to learn, constantly challenging and improving upon your views and skills. The diverse environment allows for a great deal of experience to be added to your professional and personal skills.