In a demanding project such as the TUM goesWorldMUN, a weekly meeting is just not enough to cover all the preparation that is required for a satisfactory participation in a high profile conference like Harvard WorldMUN. That is why two preparation weekends were organized in order to let all delegates put resort work aside and focus mainly in their content preparation, language and oratory skills.
The first preparation weekend, the Kick-off Weekend, was hosted in the Hans Leipelt Haus in Grafrath between the 8th and 10th of June 2010. This was the first time the delegation ever met and defined the start of the project WorldMUM Singapore 2011. During this weekend, the delegates were introduced to the Rules of Procedure of a WorldMUN simulation, held a simulated conference session and wrote the first resolution. One very important outcome of this Kick-off Weekend was the social bonding of the delegation resulted from living together with other delegates. This ensured a good relationship between delegates and created a friendly working atmosphere for the rest of the year.
The second preparation weekend found its place in the Haus für Jugendarbeit in Fürstenfeldbruck between the 10th and 12th of December 2010. During this weekend, the delegation split into three groups. Each group then worked on different topics (e.g. narcoterrorism, health infrastructure, etc.) with the established goal of writing a resolution that could tackle these issues. The resolutions were then analyzed by the whole delegation. Furthermore, during this weekend rhetoric exercises were done. For example, by recording each delegate giving speeches and then watching the video to find ways to improve the delegate’s speech delivery. It turned out to be a very fruitful exercise leading to a noticeable improvement after only a few rounds.