Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ at a Glance
- What is Model United Nations?
- What is the time comm
What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations is an educational activity that empowers students to solve global problems.
Model UN simulations follow 5 key stages:
- Research: Students research assigned topics, countries, and committees
- Debate: Students make speeches to explain their country’s policy on the topic
- Negotiate: Students meet with one another to form small groups and work together
- Resolutions: Students write out the problems they want to solve and their proposed solutions
- Action: Students vote on their resolutions
By participating in Model United Nations, students learn:
- What are the biggest challenges facing the world today
- How to be more self-confident, especially with public speaking
- How to interact with other people who come from different backgrounds and perspectives
- How to work as a team to achieve shared goals
- How to take action to solve problems, on a local, national, and global scale
In Model United Nations, students learn to lead.
What is the time commitment for Courses? Is there homework?
Our Courses are designed to be an after-school program that is fun, engaging, and interactive. We know our students are busy enough with school. We've designed Courses in a way that can fit into the schedule of a busy student who wants to learn and grow through Model UN.
Each Course includes 90 minutes of class time a week. Each week features a different lesson, including demonstrations and examples, interactive activities, and feedback from our MUN Mentors.
In preparation for class, students should plan for about 30 minutes per week of homework. Example homework includes reading the news, preparing a speech, or reading a topic background guide.
What does the Model UN Course teach?
All of the students who sign up for the Model UN Course are put into different classes according to age and level of MUN experience. For example, high school students with MUN experience are placed in a separate class from middle school students who are new to MUN. This allows us to differentiate our Model UN curriculum and create a personalized learning experience for each student.
For students who are new to MUN, our goal is to help them learn the fundamentals. By the end of the Course, new students feel more confident in their knowledge of global issues, as well as their skills in public speaking, research, and negotiation. Here is our learning plan:
- Introduction to MUN
- Understanding the United Nations
- Researching Country Policy
- Prepared Public Speaking (Speakers List)
- Impromptu Public Speaking (Moderated Caucus)
- Resolution Writing
- Practice MUN Simulation
- Researching Possible Solutions
- Position Paper Writing
- Negotiating Resolutions (Unmoderated Caucus)
- Public Speaking Style
- Final MUN Simulation
For students with MUN experience, our goal is to challenge them to improve their knowledge and skills. By the end of the Course, experienced students feel more confident in their knowledge of international diplomacy, as well as their skills in strategic thinking, negotiating resolutions, and leadership. Here is our learning plan:
- Introduction to MUN Strategy
- Understanding UN Decision-Making
- Advanced Country Policy Research
- Public Speaking: Framing the Debate
- Building Alliances in Diplomatic Negotiations
- Evaluating Resolutions
- Amendment Writing
- Practice MUN Simulation
- Researching Possible Solutions
- Presenting & Defending Resolutions
- Merging Resolutions
- Final MUN Simulation
In every class, students learn from our MUN Mentors, who provide ongoing guidance and feedback. Mentors are trained to tailor the learning plan to the needs of their class.
What does the Current Events Course teach?
The Current Events Course teaches students about the most important and high-profile issues in the United States today, including the Coronavirus Pandemic, the 2020 Presidential Election, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. The Current Events Course uses Crisis Simulations as a pedagogical tool to teach the constantly evolving nature of these issues. Students who sign up for the Current Events Course are placed in different classes according to age and MUN experience.
Crisis Simulations are a fast-paced style of Model UN. Throughout a simulation, students are presented different Crisis Updates prompting them to take decisive action. The simulation evolves depending on the actions that students take. Throughout a 3-hour Crisis Simulation, for example, students would be presented with a different Crisis Update every 30 to 45 minutes.
By the end of the course, students feel more confident in their knowledge of social and political issues in the United States, as well as their skills in crisis communication, planning, and decision-making. Here is our learning plan:
- Introduction to Crisis Simulations
- Understanding Executive Decision-Making
- Researching Departmental Policy
- Public Speaking in Crisis Simulations
- Directive Writing
- Responding to Crisis Updates
- Practice Crisis Simulation
- Researching Political Leaders
- Writing Press Releases
- Crisis Planning & Strategy
- Public Speaking: Framing a Crisis
- Final Crisis Simulation
Every class is led by our MUN Mentors, who are trained to tailor the learning plan to their class' experience with crisis simulation. Also, given the sensitive nature of these issues, Mentors are trained to help students facilitate respectful and productive conversations where they can seek to understand perspectives different than their own.
Can I take both the Model UN Course and the Current Events Course?
Yes! While both classes utilize interactive simulations as part of the course, there is no overlapping content beyond public speaking practice.
Which Course do you recommend? Can I take both Courses?
For students who are new to MUN, we recommend the Model UN Course because that will help them learn the fundamentals.
For students with a strong interest in international politics and diplomacy, we recommend the Model UN Course because the simulation topics will draw from the UN Sustainable Development Goals, International Human Rights, International Peace & Security.
For students with a strong interest in United States politics, we recommend the Current Events Course because the simulation topics will draw from the most important and high-profile issues facing the United States.
And yes, students can certainly take both the Model UN and Current Events Courses. Each Course's content is distinct and does not overlap.
Can I sign up for a Conference as a group? Is there a group rate?
Yes! We offer group rates for group of 10 or more students. Please contact us for more information.
What Community Events are you organizing?
We’re organizing different Events every week to help students meet one another and make friends, including:
- Trivia Nights and Game Nights — including UN Jeopardy, Chess tournaments, Settlers of Catan, and more
- Office Hours and Public Speaking Labs — students will get feedback and guidance from MUN Mentors to prepare for MUN conferences and develop public speaking skills
- Guest Speakers — students will hear from great speakers who are striving to make a difference in the world
What Leadership Roles are available? What's the time commitment?
Members of the Community can take on the different Leadership Roles below, which are designed for a time commitment of 2 hours a week.
Peer or Middle School Mentor
Mentors will help to run office hours to help answer other students questions as they prepare for conferences. They will also run public speaking games and other skill building activities for their peers of Middle School Students.
Conference Co-Chairs will serve as chairs along with Best Delegate’s professional staff to help run the two conferences that happen each month. Conference Co-Chairs will go through a Chair Training to help them prepare to run a fun and inclusive conference and fully understand the rules of procedure.
Conference Crisis Staffer
Conference Crisis Staffers will serve as the Criss Staff along with Best Delegate’s Professional staff to help run engaging Crisis Committees. The Staffers will be trained to help develop press releases, answer notes, and serve as guest speakers.
Social Event Chair
Social Event Chairs will help to create the monthly events calendar and run the social events within the MUN Community along with Best Delegate’s Professional Staff. Social Event Chairs may plan and run game nights, trivia nights, meet and greets, and more!
Press Corps members will attend Virtual MUN Institute events and take photos and videos. They will be able to create social media posts, blog articles, videos, and more about what is happening within the Model UN Community.
Fees and Scholarships
How do I apply for a Scholarship?
We offer Scholarships in order to help students participate in Model UN who would otherwise be unable to, or who come from backgrounds that are historically under-represented in MUN.
For the Fall 2020 semester, scholarships are available for the following students:
- Students who attend a Title 1 low-income school
- Students who identify as Black
- Students whose parent received unemployment benefits due to COVID-19
- Students whose parent is a frontline healthcare worker for COVID-19 patients
Our Scholarships decrease tuition for the Explorer, Engaged, or Enthusiast plans by 50%. Scholarships cannot be applied towards Private Coaching.
What is the Cancellation and Refund Policy?
Parents may cancel their child’s enrollment up until the enrollment deadline of September 7th. After the enrollment deadline has passed, all fees paid will be considered full, final, and non-refundable. For those paying by monthly subscription, they will be able to manage their subscription and cancel or pause for the following month. Please see the Refund Policy for more details.
What technology is required to participate
Students should have a desktop, laptop, or tablet that can run Zoom video calls and Google Docs simultaneously for the MUN Courses and MUN Conferences, and can run Discord for the MUN Community. Students should have consistent high speed Internet access for video calls, and ideally have their own email address. For the optimal experience, students should be in a quiet space and can use a headset or earphones and microphone.