By reading this title you could be legitimately wondering the raison d’etre behind such a workshop or its utility and you could not be more on the point to be having these concerns. However, not everyone is as skilled and highly intellectual as you and societies or other respective hubs where knowledge of simulations can be passed on are not that easy to find. This is why, big MUN companies or associations who wish to reach out and expand their potential clientele, organize all types of training activities with every possible name being used on all banners available. Therefore you will come across, at some point in your MUN life, calls for seminars/workshops/camps and any other potentially correlated to brief educational activities on this matter.
Allow me to clarify that this entry is not related to school or university MUN trainers where in most cases an English teacher or an alumnus in covering this part-time job. The emphasis is given on the seasonal mini activities about MUN.
Over the years, there has been an increase in these events and in order to differentiate amongst them different curriculums have been covered. For instance, there are combinations of simulations and international politics, sustainable development goals, and MUNs or solely MUN seminars with a range of daily routine resembling highly to the one of private tutoring. In other words, the participant is called to pay an amount in order to be taught by experts on their respective fields how to be a successful MUNer and other tips that each seminar will have used as its marketing attraction.
Logistically speaking, the fees range per continent and perspective. This means that scholarships are given on a budget basis and a significant part of it covers the stipends of trainers and officials participating/ attending an event of that nature. On the matter of which one to choose, that would be immediately connected to a person’s financial capacities. Of course, a reasonable question is how one is actually considered a trainer on simulations and whether can one make a career out of it?
My answer will be disappointing and subtle; no. However, the majority of compensations are the equivalent to a fully covered trip since accommodation is always included for the teachers. It is also easy to understand that with an offer paying both the flight and residence, the competition to get a spot on these seminars will be high.
In an ideal world, that would be the rule. Unfortunately, not every experienced person ensures a training position if applied to do so and this is largely due to the politics of the muniverse. To put it simply, if a MUN CV is equal to the CV of a person who has attended a conference run by the entity, it is understandable who will be picked for the position. Do not rush to blame the host entities though, sometimes they want to help specific people evolve and test them in a leadership position for future editions of their conferences. There have been though, many discussed occasions where a teacher profoundly lacked experience but had impeccable public relations skills.
On a general level, the types of MUN trainers vary: the independent freelancer who has a really strong to ignore CV, the traveler who has applied for the remuneration and has little concerns about the upcoming activities, the loyal who will keep on applying to the same workshop for many years hoping that a rise in the hierarchy of the MUN will be granted, the occasional who will have an average amount of expertise but will apply to strengthen his/her relation with the higher ranks. As a matter of fact, every trainer has its own personality, just mentioning indicatively some of the types yours truly has seen over the years.
Obviously, the next logical question is when one is ready to be a trainer and what actual skills it takes to become a good one. Well, it is quite simple, whenever one feels ready and wants to try out should apply and the organizers will decide whether that person is capable or not. In order to be at least at a decent level, try to attend a respectable amount of conferences prior to your application. Furthermore, it is a rather enriching experience since transmitting knowledge of simulations can be challenging sometimes depending on the circumstances.
On top of all that, the trainers have to prepare before going; many slides, tons of tricks and certainly not your old copy of UNA-USA RoP combined with personal experiences. The participants really expect to learn from you, so performance issues equal the embarrassment of bedroom malfunctions, at least in this case. There are many more points that could have been mentioned in order to get a detailed overview of this topic but this is, arguably, a sufficient start.
Lastly, speaking of participants, again they vary but the main point is people paying to explore a new skill during vacation period which makes them already very nice people to be around! Even though to a seasonal MUNer’s point of view attending a MUN seminar may even seem pointless these people are worthy of respect and top-notch treatment. Money aside, the participants help the trainer to improve, to expand their network and make them responsible to bring more people on board.
Wouldn’t you want to be the one who got a group of strangers to start MUNing?