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BIMUN takes place at the Coelgio Carol Baur school, this year at the Querétaro campus. “What makes this conference unique is that, beyond Model, UN they bring in highly respected speakers to talk about today’s events and the future,” explains IEL Americas Capstone teacher Erica Coffey.

Abby C. reflected on the process of BIMUN, “Our first day of sessions started off very intimidating but got a lot better! We discussed our first topic and were close to finishing our resolution paper. We became friends with a lot of the people from other delegations and became a lot more comfortable with them. The sessions were long, but manageable, and it was a lot of fun. All of us did well considering this was the first Model UN conference any of us had ever done.”

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BIMUN 2018 Begins

After the first night with host families, Collegiate’s International Emerging Leaders Americas delegation arrived in Querétaro for the Opening Assembly of BIMUN 208.

 

 

A Welcome Like No Other

IEL Americas 2018 arrived at the ceremony venue with our hosts at 8am. It was a beautiful day! There was not a cloud in the sky.

Carter N. explains, “After getting our name tags and a group photo, we took our seats under the white tent, and the opening ceremony commenced. The opening ceremony was a great way to kick off the conference. We heard from many speakers, including the head of Carol Baur.  The speakers thanked us for being here, gave us advice for the conference, and shared personal insights about current world events. We alo heard the school orcehstra perform and saw the flag ceremony.”

We heard from many distinguished speakers and were welcomed by extraordinary traditional dance and music. During the Opening Assembly, UN Public Information Officer Felipe Queipo told the delegations, “Do not compete, but collaborate. Remember at the end of the day, you are advocating for people.”

“I think everyone’s highlight of Opening Ceremony would be the Prehispanic dance.  A dozen Carol Baur students came onto stage dressed in colorful, feathered outfits and performed for the audience. The performance included noises, circle dances, and burning incense. It was very interesting to see some of our  host students up on stage!  Opening ceremony really got us all excited for the conference and showed off Carol Baur’s culture,” Carter continued.

The location, Plaza de Toro, couldn’t have been more picturesque. While no bullfighting was happening today, the scenic setting emphasized the importance of celebrating culture.

BIMUN 2018 Begins

Saying Goodbye to our Hosts

After sharing many experiences together, it was hard to say good bye to our host families. There is no better way than living with a family to learn so much about a country so quickly. We are grateful to our partner school for their wonderful hospitality, as always!

Visiting Yangzhou’s Famous Toothbrush Factory

Toothbrushes have been produced in Yangzhou for over 100 years with production dramatically increasing after the opening up of the Chinese economy to the world after 1978. During our up-close tour of the massive production facility, we learned about the company’s history including connections to the US such as a period of joint venture with Colgate.

Like many large companies in China, the company provides housing and other facilities for their employees to enjoy. Our company translator, a recent graduate of university in Canada, was excited to show us around the private gardens curated and designed by the company owner.

Learning Chinese Culture through the Arts

Our partner school created several opportunities for students and faculty to share some traditional Chinese arts with us. From calligraphy and painting to Tai Chi and Lion Dances, trying out some of the ancient traditions on Yangzhou allowed us both to learn about these aspects of culture and to appreciate the tremendous skill and training that goes into excelling in these fields.

Interviewing for Final Projects

As part of our course, students are using design-thinking to create a pitch for a business idea capturing an opportunity connected to the US and China. As part of this project, students conducted interviews of their peers from our partner school to try to better understand the Chinese consumer market.

Lower School Exchange

As part of our visit the the elementary school at our partner school in Yangzhou, we brought post cards written by Collegiate first grade students to share with students. We asked the questions from our first graders and took some videos to take home and share back with Collegiate students.

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