Written by Hussein Ahmed and Lama El Najdi

Being a teenager in Cairo, it is difficult to resist any extracurricular activities or any chance of fun we can have; but, why would you want to resist it anyway? This is the time of our lives for both fun and development, and one of the best places to start from is Model United Nations (MUN).

MUN is a simulation of the United Nations, where each delegate is assigned a country, which he/she gets to represent it in a council, and debate his/her way through the conference to find a resolution for a given international crisis. Delegates also get a certificate that is very helpful for applying to college. Additionally, it’s a great way to make new friends!

MUN is offered in many Cairo-based high schools and universities – for high school students – and to list a few:

AISMUN:

Location: American International School [AIS]

In addition to hosting the conference, AISMUN also provides the delegates with a cultural tour around Egypt where they get to explore the Pyramids, museums, and other landmarks. AISMUN provides AIS students with participation in conferences in Cairo, Amman, Beijing, and The Hague (THIMUN.)

Status: Applications are available.

JCIMUN:

Location: American University in Cairo [AUC]

The AUC provides a junior CIMUN, where high school students get to participate and experience MUN with over 12 different councils. CIMUN provides AUC students with participation in the NMUN held in New York City.

Status: Applications are available every Fall semester.

JMSAMUN:

Location: Modern Sciences and Arts University [MSA]

JMSAMUN is held in the Fall and Spring semesters, once respectively, where the students get the MUN experience under university premises. MSAMUN provides MSA students with participation in MUNAPEST held in Budapest.

Status: Contact Facebook page for availability.

SASMUN:

Location: Schutz American School [SAS]

SASMUN is only available to SAS students, and meetings are held bimonthly, from March until August, and the conference is held in March. SASMUN provides SAS students with international participation in THIMUN.

Status: Contact the student body for applications.

Hussein’s Experience:

I got to partake in JCIMUN, and the first two days we (participants) started training. The chair told us the basics of how to debate as delegates in order to prepare us for the conference. Everyone was assigned a country to represent and we were divided into councils – for example: the Human Rights Council. The first day of debate, the delegates immediately started attacking other countries but the second day delegates got to join their ‘allies’ to create resolutions to international conflicts. On the last day, all the delegates created a document for the chair (a panel of judges) with their solutions. The judges read all the forms out loud and the one with the most votes won. Finally, the program’s organizers gave out the delegates’ certificates.

MUN was a great experience for me. I was always the kind of person who had problems with public speaking and was not good at opening up or getting out of my comfort zone. However, I made a lot of new friends and learned a great amount of knowledge about politics. Also, I became a much better debater and had a lot of fun in the process of becoming one.

What about you? 

Have you ever participated in an MUN conference? How was your experience? Does your school hold an MUN conference but it’s not on our list? Let us know in the comments below!