NZMUN 2022 VOLUNTEER REGISTRATIONS
Volunteering at NZ Model UN will give you the opportunity to develop your leadership, communication and teamwork skills. It is a great chance to make new friends and to have a lasting impact on the youth of New Zealand. Below is an overview of the volunteer roles available.
Please note volunteering is open to high school leavers and above only.
Volunteer Role Descriptions
The Chair controls the debate, determines speaking order, and overall sets the one in their committee. Usually our most experienced volunteers, chairs must bring forward a large amount of institutional knowledge and experience. They must be familiar with New Zealand Model UN protocols and procedures. They must also be able to lead a unit of other conference assistants and facilitate a strong and supportive environment of growth. Chairs at NZMUN 2022 will be expected to liaison heavily with welfare and other CA’s in their committees.
The Secretary ensures that a committee is able to run smoothly. They receive amendments, make clarifications, and control AV systems in committees – essentially they’re the CA’s that make sure things happen. Secretaries also work closely with chairs, and later on, in the conference may have the opportunity to chair committees. We need someone who is able to process and understand multiple questions, queries, and submissions at any one time as well as someone who is confident with using a computer.
Special Rapporteurs are each committee’s content expert. Their main responsibility is helping their committee reach a resolution by deciding which amendments will be debated and clarifying any queries on the discussion topic. Background knowledge is not essential if the applicant is willing to research and learn the committee topic. If you are accepted for this role, you will be required to write a short background briefing on your assigned topic for delegates before the conference.
Regional Group Facilitator
Regional Group Facilitators have the all-important task of leading a particular ‘Regional Group’ (a team of 30 delegates) throughout the conference. Regional Group Facilitators shape delegates’ experiences at NZ Model UN, motivating and inspiring each one to pursue their individual goals, whilst running fun social activities and thought-provoking workshops.
Press Delegate Facilitator
Press Delegate Facilitators will guide and mentor Press Corp in a wide range of activities personalised to their role. By facilitating unique workshops, assisting their Press Corp team in writing articles, and supporting them within committees, our ‘PDFs’ are essential to guiding press delegates through the world of investigative journalism.
Welfare Officers hold the essential responsibility of supporting the welfare of both delegates and volunteers at NZ Model UN. The ability to handle sensitive issues with a caring attitude and open ears are absolutely required as all Welfare Officers must constantly be approachable for unwell, stressed or upset participants. Welfare Officers with particular past experience or knowledge may be given certain specialisations, such as pastoral care, mental wellbeing, or first aid. A First Aid Certificate is required to be considered as a Welfare Officer.
Those wishing to be considered for Head of Welfare must apply by the 27/04/22.
Logistics Facilitators work behind the scenes to ensure that NZ Model UN runs as smoothly as possible. Logistics Facilitators are organised, balanced individuals with excellent time management. Without a strong Logistics team, NZ Model UN would never get off the ground. Their tasks will range from setting up catering, to helping lost delegates and keeping conference looking sharp (as well as always being the first ones to eat!).
The media team, which consists of photographers and videographers, play a vital role in capturing the memories that delegates and CAs will love to revisit long after NZ Model UN 2021 is over. They are the ones responsible for truly making our conference unforgettable. Previous experience and skills will be essential, but the experience is certain to be rewarding. A small portfolio may be required on application.
As a conference, we strive to do our very best to be as equitable and inclusive as possible for all of our CAs and delegates. LGBTQ+, Māori and Pasifika liaison roles are invaluable to the delegate experience, particularly for students from Māori and Pasifika communities. In the past, Māori and Pasifika liaisons have mentored delegates and provided them with guidance and opportunities to socialise with other like-minded people from similar backgrounds. This year is the first year we will be appointing an LGBTQ+ liaison to ensure that ALL delegates are provided the best opportunity to maximise their time at NZMUN. The liaison roles were created to allow students from varying communities to experience what can sometimes be a very Pākehā conference experience, and as a liaison, you would have the freedom to explore how this experience can be best delivered.
Please note that MPI and LGBTQ+ Liaison is not a standalone role. If you are offered the role of MPI or LGBTQ+ Liaison you will also be offered another role alongside it.