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The role of the advisor is to be a teacher, a facilitator, and a confidence builder:

If you have taken on the role of the MUN advisor at your school, congratulations! You are now engaged in an educational activity of the highest order, and have an opportunity to truly affect the lives of your students.  What, exactly, does an advisor do?

  • Help students build and maintain confidence in their abilities, even if they are beginners.
  • Train students in research and public speaking skills.
  • Bring students to the free training sessions that are held at the American International School.  Each school is entitled to attend 3 out of 5 sessions.
  • Give as much responsibility for the MUN practice sessions to the students as possible. Ideally, MUN is a student-run activity, with advisors available for consultation, help in preparation, and trouble shooting.
  • Challenge your students both intellectually and socially. Tolerance of others’ opinions is a paramount value and must always be in the forefront of the preparation.
  • Encourage your students to practice their English language skills before the TIMEMUN conference.
  • Accompany students to the TIMEMUN conference.
What does an advisor do?
UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms Curriculum offers “Resources for Educators” HERE.
Among other sources, look at:

  • Secretary General Reports
  • Country web sites
  • UN Wire
  • CIA facts and File
  • U.N. country profiles
Please scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the customized TIMEMUN search engine.
  • Students should first be introduced to the terminology of MUN, and learn what policy statements and clauses are, and how to write them on their own. Current events issues should be presented and discussed. The importance of tolerance for other points of view must be stressed and modelled.
  • Once your students know the basics, begin with mock debates. These debates need not be political, or even serious. They should not need any research. The purpose of these debates is to show two sides of a question, and to ease students into public speaking. An example of such a debate topic would be: What is the better food, pizza or falafel? Let the students generate the topic so that they will be more invested in them.
  • Finally, have students research topics ahead of time, and have debates on real issues.
To be an effective delegate, students must:

  • Stay true to the position of the country they are representing EVEN is they are presenting opinions that they do not personally agree with.
  • Find ways to work with other delegates during lobbying time in order to reach compromises
  • Always be courteous to others, and tolerant of different opinions
  • Obey the rules and regulations of the conference as a whole and of their personal committee
Every school must have an advisor accompanying its students to and from the conference each day. During the conference, advisors are encouraged to visit committees to see their delegates in action and to attend guest lectures, however they may not take part in any of the debates. The WBAIS teachers’ lounge is the home base for the advisors; food and drinks are served there, and advisors can also find there a quiet place to work and socialize with their colleagues. Any disciplinary problems with students will be referred to their respective advisor.
There is a Code of Conduct and Dress; please read it below.

  1. AIS is a non-smoking campus.
  2. Please make sure that your students dress as much as possible according to the standards of professional diplomats: jackets and ties for the boys, and modest clothing for the girls. No sport shoes, sandals or jeans. Students will have the opportunity to change into social wear after the last committee session on Monday.
  3. Please make sure your students treat others with respect throughout the weekend, whether it is during a formal committee session, during opening/closing ceremonies, meal times, or social events. No harassment, insults, interrupting, intimidation, yelling or booing is permitted. This includes themcontents of notes passed to other delegates in committees. Individuals or delegations who display any of these may be asked to leave the conference.
  4. Please make sure your students understand that, during formal committee sessions, delegates are not permitted to use any electronic devices (no phones, iPads, laptops, iPods). Any such electronic resources may be used only during meal breaks and “lobbying time”. Free wi-fi internet access will be made available throughout the weekend. All clauses and amendments submitted to the Chairs must be on paper — either handwritten or pre-printed since we do NOT provide printing access during TIMEMUN.
  5. Students must be in committees during committee sessions. If they are found “taking time off,” they may be asked to leave the conference.
  6. Please impress upon your students that they may not write on the walls of the campus, or on any of the student artwork displayed around campus. We have had some unfortunate experiences with this is the past, and we would like to make sure they do not happen again.
Prep
Dates

Free training sessions at the American School

We conduct training sessions to help delegates and advisors prepare for their roles in the TIMEMUN conference in February.

Schools are invited to three of five sessions to be held at our campus in Even Yehuda.Light snacks and drinks will be available.
Schools wishing to get additional training have three other options — Mentor Schools, AIS Volunteers and professional services such as AMBASSADOR.

  • Mentor Schools are schools experienced in TIMEMUN that volunteer to share time and exercises with less-experienced schools near by.
  • AIS Volunteers are students at AIS who have volunteered to come to schools near their homes on Sundays to help them plan and manage their MUN programs.
  • AMBASSADOR is a training company that offers research, public speaking, negotiations, diplomacy, rhetoric, argumentation, and Model UN skills. Ambassador offers workshops and/or weekly programs.

If you are interested in:

  • volunteering as a Mentor School or arranging for a Mentor School to provide training, please contact Orit Hai (ohai@wbais.net)
  • arranging for professional training services from AMBASSADOR, please contact Daniel Gindis (daniel@ambassadorhq.com). Their website can be found at ambassadorhq.com.

Session Schedule

Free training sessions at the American International School take place on Sundays, from 15:00 – 18:00. Each school may attend 3 out of 5 sessions. The dates of the sessions are:

  • October 21, 2018
  • December 2, 2018
  • January 13, 2019
  • February 3, 2019
To sign up for training sessions, click here:

For delegates

How does a student prepare to be a delegate in TIMEMUN?

Before the conference, delegates should thoroughly research their country’s background and general perspective, as well as its specific policies on the topics they will be debating within their respective committees.

For example, if a delegate is representing Argentina on the Disarmament Commission, she should find out about Argentina’s history and current political, social, and economic situation, and what its past record has been on the issues to be discussed in the Disarmament Commission. What relevant treaties has it signed? What is Argentina doing about the issue already? What does it plan to do? Is the issue a particularly important one for Argentina, or one of its enemies or allies?

Delegates should then write a Policy Statement on their country’s position on the topics. This will be presented in the form of a short speech by every delegate in front of his commission, and also aids in the research process.

Once the delegates have a clear understanding of their nation’s position, they should formulate a plan of action for solving each issue. This solution can the country’s official proposed solution, or an original idea (keeping within the nation’s policies), or a combination of both. This “plan of action” is called a resolution, and must be written according to a certain format.This year, instead of writing entire resolutions, you will be focusing on operative clauses prior to and throughout the conference. The clauses will be then debated separately and will be added to a committee resolution after voting procedures. This change will stimulate committee discussions and will speed up the conflict resolution process. This change allows us to involve a maximum amount of delegates, and formulate the best solution possible.Prior to the conference, you will be focusing on preparing operative clauses destined to solve or alleviate the issue. In contrast with perambulatory clauses, destined to inform the committee, operative clauses directly tackle the issue by offering a solution.

Would you like to be a committee chair in TIMEMUN? Click here…

Step-by-Step Preparation

Click HERE

to read the United Nations Association guide for students.

Writing Policy Statements

Policy statements present a country’s national view on a particular topic.

Click HERE

to learn how to write one.

Writing Clauses

Chairs write preambulatory clauses, which summarize the issues being debated. Delegates write operative clauses, which are a call for action on the issue in accordance to country policy.

Click HERE for more information on writing clauses.

Debating Procedure

Formal debating procedures are used in committee throughout TIMEMUN.

Click HERE

to learn more about these rules.

Sample Resolution

Click HERE

to see an actual resolution from the ECOSOC Committee in TIMEMUN 2016.

TIMEMUN search engine

This is a customized TIMEMUN search engine. When you use this search engine, you will be searching ONLY the following sources, and all the results will be dependable and authoritative:

  • Brookings (brookings.edu)
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (csis.org)
  • CIA World Fact Book (cia.gov)
  • Council on Foreign Relations (cfr.org)
  • Economist (economist.com)
  • JSTOR (jstor.org)
  • RAND Corporation (rand.org)