Model United Nations, or "Model UN", is a cross between a Voyagers' Essentials course and an extracurricular activity. Participation on our team is extremely difficult and demands much from the eight high school student-participants, who will travel to Philadelphia next month (Feb. 25-28), with the goal of resolving some of the world's most pressing issues.\r\n\r\nVoyagers' high school students will compete against their counterparts from across the region while representing Sweden, a small but vibrant nation that has contributed a great deal to science and technology, as well as to democratic governance and gender equality. The topic of this year's conference concerns Asia, the world's largest continent, with a particular focus on infrastructure development.\r\n\r\nStudents will engage in extensive research, write an original position paper that relates to their assigned United Nations committee, and debate with peers in a professional manner. One Model UN student, Winnie, says: "Model UN mimics, on a smaller scale. the real life actions and procedures that take place at the United Nations"\r\n\r\nModel UN students listen to a presentation from college students on the rules and procedures of the Model UN conference.\r\n\r\n"We are very excited to continue our research and to further prepare for our upcoming conference in Philadelphia," Winnie adds.