Deadline: 30 November 2013
Open to: young people (18-26) from all over the world, high school students to university graduates
Venue: 6-10 March 2014 in Bucharest, Romania
What does MUN mean?
The experience “Model UN” can provide a student, in high school or college, is invaluable. Soft skills such as time management, leadership, flexibility, and adaptability are complemented by a range of hard skills that could include commercial printing, management budgeting, graphic design, curriculum design, and research. After reading, reviewing, and writing more résumés and applications than I can remember, I’m struck by how many Model UN alumni find it difficult to translate their experience effectively into a résumé. Here are some quick, actionable suggestions to make sure your résumé or application properly conveys your experience.
Model United Nations has a language onto itself. While it is important for you to use terms such as Secretary General, draft resolution, background guide, and crisis director in the world of Model UN, it is almost more important to effectively translate MUN-lingo into understandable language. You may be extremely proud of your time as Secretary General, but the title generally confuses people outside of the world of Model UN. You do not want people to think you were the head secretary. I’ve provided substitutes that I have used in the past:
Always use the term “Model United Nations” and be prepared to explain the nature of the activity. When describing Model UN use phrases such as “simulation based education”, “active learning” or “experiential learning.”
There is one exception to the above rules and that is when you are applying to a position that involves Model UN and you are 100% confident your reviewer will understand Model UN terms. In this case, it is probably preferred that you use Model UN jargon.
The experience you gain during your Model UN career may be your strongest personal selling point.
How did S-MUNOB appear?
Everybody is telling us to think BIG. Well, in most people’s opinion, some of this “BIG” lacks the limits that common-sense imposes… I guess Mr. Robert Frunza was completely lost in his big thoughts that day.
April 2013. After a wonderful BIMUN we had chaired, there’s me, Daniel, beholding Robert coming towards me with a not-very-intelligent-but-full-of-enthusiasm smile on his face. “Gotta’ tell you something”, he said. Later on I found out about the master-plan he and Ms. Cristina Guja had thought up: organize a BIG MUN. “Want in?” they asked. I guess me saying “yes” can be seen as my “leap of faith”, given the fact that at that moment we had NOTHING but some past experience and a lot of enthusiasm (useless sometimes).
In a nutshell, that’s how things started. Oh, wait! We needed a name, of course! Any ideas? Sure, a very smart one, coming from Robert: “munOBIs”. Not a great surprise, given his nickname: “OBI”. I strongly disagreed, not without putting forward another option: “DANImun”. Next, we had a little argument which, in the end, proved constructive, as we came up with “S-MUNOB”, for “Students Model United Nations of Bucharest”.
Why do we organize S-MUNOB?
Many have asked us why we are doing this. It’s quite an easy answer. You see, many of us have participated in conferences such as the one we are currently preparing for and all have had a great time, have learned much and enjoy returning to those conferences every year. We felt it was time to put our own MUN together and so, we did.
We are trying to encompass the defining traits of the MUN conferences in S-MUNOB: a political climate in which the youth of the world to practice their communication, decision-making, rhetorical and problem-solving skills.
We are trying to convey and promote teamwork and collaboration in our participants. We feel that this will develop their social skills and will also form strong bonds between people that live half the world away from each other, but enjoy getting together at this sort of event every year and, if possible, even outside of it. We are also cementing our own friendships with many of the attendants.
Why attend S-MUNOB?
We have assembled a young team that strives to put this event on the MUN map and make it a regular of the MUN calendar. Through hard work and dedication we have surpassed any obstacle we’ve come across so far and will continue to do so in our quest to provide training for adult life as well as for an eventual career in the relevant fields of politics or business in general.
When does S-MUNOB take place?
We are proud to announce that our S-MUNOB 2014 conference session starts on the 6th of March (with the Opening Ceremony) and ends on the 10th of March (after the official Closing Ceremony).
Arrival: Wednesday, 5th of March
Departure: Tuesday, 11th of March
World in need, how do we proceed?
We are on the verge of losing the normality we had. Sooner or later, passive problems will reunite with recent events, changing the face of the world forever. The long-term effects of human existence are becoming dangerous: we have polluted our planet, we are running out of natural resources and the vast amount of population can no longer benefit from adequate amounts of food.
Recent events cause people to rise against one another: the Arab Spring is far from over, Syria is a constant in the equation of war and so many more crises are boiling everywhere across the face of our planet. Religion blinds reason, selfishness hides behind innocent faces. The shortage of time left to act upon these matters is fiercely pressing us to take a stand.
It is not a question of “can we prevent”, but “when will we do it?”. There is no more room for egos and superiority. We have to learn that this is not “my planet”, nor is it “yours”. It is ours, and only together we can hope to lay the foundations for a better future, a brighter tomorrow. The world needs not you OR me. It needs US. WE owe it to ourselves to help each other.
How do WE proceed?
Our conference is open to young people (18-26) from all over the world, high school students to university graduates.
Early registration fee is 60€ per international student and 40€ per Romanian student. The deadline for early registration is the 30th of November. Any applications made after this date will be processed as late registrations.
Late registration fee is 75€ per international student and 55€ per Romanian student.
We will send the information regarding the bank account via e-mail along with your acceptance letter.
Minimum size of delegation: 5 delegates
Maximum size of delegation: 20 delegates
If a delegation is made up of more than 15 members, each delegate benefits from 10€ discount on their registration fee!
The fee must be transferred to the S-MUNOB bank account within 5 working days from the moment you receive the registration approval. This is the only way to secure your place as a delegation or delegate.
After you pay the registration fee, the Secretariat will inform you about the available countries and committees for you to take part in!
*** Delegation coordinator should make the payment for all the members of their delegation as one payment! Members of delegations should not make their payments by their own in order to prevent any unforeseen problems!
*** Please do not forget to send your deposit receipt which includes your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org in order for your payment to be considered completed. The Secretariat of the S-MUNOB 2014 Conference does not accept any responsibility for payments without proper statements and payments without delivering receipt.
*** The payments which do not include names will not be accepted.
Our Registration Fee Includes:
• Lunch from 7th to 10th of March
• Drinks and snacks during Coffee and Snack Breaks
• Conference Materials (Delegates Handbook)
• Transfer from and to the Airport
Our Registration Fee Does Not Include:
• Extra nights.
• Social Event Fees.
We offer our guests two types of accommodation:
• Host-family (limited number, availability depending on how fast you register)
Unfortunately, we have a limited number of host students, so we kindly ask you, if you find any of the hotels acceptable, please indicate this during registration.
For further details:
President of the General Assembly
Public Relations Director