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First ,I was planning to go as an individual delegate , so I was saving money because it costs so much ( fees , travel , accomodation , social events ,....) .But then , since I moved to live in Germany and I was studying German in the University of Heidelberg , I found that the University has a delegation that includes 15 delegates and one Faculty Advisor . Fortunately , they opened at that time the registration to be part of the delegation . So after an online application and an interview , I got in . This part of the the experience was very important , beacause it helped me to develop my diplomatic skills but also helped me financially . We , as the Delegation of Heidelberg , were looking for sponsors for months , and the end , our trip was more than 80% funded.
As a part of the training , we organised last Januar the Heidelberg National Model United Nations , to practise more on the Harvard World MUN system.
We were assigned to represent New Zealand , that s why we prepared a Haka to make it in the HWMUN Cabaret. But then , they changed it to Grece . We were angry first but then when we discovered Grece and its system , we were satisfied ( especially in my committee ECOFIN)
We arrived in Rome before two days so that we discover this beautiful city with its delicious food .
The first day we attened the opening ceremony in which we had the pleasure to meet and be inspired of the speach of the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi . It was also an opportunity to meet delegates from different universities but also different countries and cultures. What did the relations between the delegates improve is the Global Village ,that was amazing. Since in the Global Village , each delegation brings its traditional food and drinks , and since I was with a german delegation , traditional german alkoholic drinks were decorating our table.
The third day was the big day. We were preparing the draft resolution ( they were 6 in my committee haha ) and debating for it , so that we make our draft resolution win . But what did the third day more amazing is the social event which was the Cabaret , where we had the opportunity to represent our Haka Dance in front of everybody . Guess what? We won the Best Audience Award.
here s a link for the parade :
The Harvard World MUN was an experience , that I learned so much from it and in which I met hundreds of amazing people , starting with my university delegation, to the my allies in my committe and the other delegates that I met in the social event. Concerning Organisation stuff , there were many problems like wating so much for buses , ..... but the high level of debate covered it.
Of course I slept the whole day when i went back to germany , because I slept less than 15 hours the whole Week.
I look forward to particiapting in Harvard World MUN 2k17 in Montreal
I hope that you liked my article , and why not , see u next year there !