On the 10th of May, after a long period of training and workshops, our MUN and debate society, MUNDUNSA, went to the EuroMUN
conference in Maastricht. We were with a group of nine people: eight men and one woman. We took the train at 7 am, which was way too early for us as students, but most of us were on time.
Having arrived, we went directly to the conference. The opening ceremony was an excellent moment to catch up on some sleep for most of us, although the Israelian chicken Eurovision song was a good wake up call. Afterward, all of us started in our committees. Patrick was in the Crisis committee, where they simulated a civil war in the US and Mexico in the 18th century. Didier took place in the World Health Organization, Wouter in the Human Rights Council, Jared and Emre in the ECOSOC committee, Merle and Jasper in the European Parliament, Andre in the Council of the EU and last but not least, Alex took place in the NATO.
After a long first day, with getting a lot of new impressions and meeting even more new people, we went to our hotel to drop our luggage. There wasn’t much time for resting though. Some of us went to the Food Truck Festival to meet their committee members there. The rest went out for dinner together in the city. Maastricht is a lovely city, so we didn’t mind exploring it.
On the second day, the committees became more active. People had more to say and the new people became more familiar. The debates kept on going, teams were being made and the socials became better. On the third day, we ended the day with the gala, which was a very good party. But what happens at the gala …, indeed, stays at the gala.
The final day was without a doubt the hardest. Everyone was by then exhausted, but still wanted to win the debate and maybe even more important, the committee awards! In every committee, consensus was being reached and friendships were being closed. The conference was closed by a closing ceremony. Afterwards, we had a good dinner with our delegation before we took off back to Amsterdam. The train ride back home was a lot more silent than the ride to Maastricht, but that was a good sign.
We enjoyed this conference very much. We laughed, got upset when we didn’t win and made new friendships. We are already planning our next visits (!, yes plural!) to other conferences. Are you interested in joining us? Please contact us and we might see you soon in our team!