Interview with Zein Fakhoury (American Community School of Amman, Jordan)

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Have you been in any other MUN conferences?

No this is my first one.

Describe your journey to Cyprus

My journey to Cyprus was very easy actually. The flight was amazing. When entering Cyprus it smelled amazing and there’s a lot of greenery which I really enjoyed because in Jordan we really don’t see a lot of trees and the environment isn’t really good there, but in Cyprus it’s pretty good.

Tell us your favourite thing about your culture back home.

My favourite thing back in Amman is the food. We have a really delicious dish, the main dish of Jordan, it’s called Mansaf and it’s really good.

What’s a typical day at school for you?

A typical day is stressful and fun because I hang out with friends at school. Studying really hard but also having fun.

Interview with Sarah Eltell (American Community School of Amman, Jordan)

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Have you been to other MUN conferences in other countries before? How is this one different from those?

I’ve been to two THIMUN conferences in Qatar and one local conference in Dubai. This is the first time I met people from Cyprus, that’s pretty obvious, and it’s really global, there’s a lot of students from all around the world, which is big.

Describe your journey to Cyprus

The school proposed the idea of going to Cyprus for MUN and I was really intrigued by that, because Cyprus has always been a place I wanted to visit, so I signed up for it. The journey was an hour flight, I got to know my classmates better, learn a bit of Greek.

Tell us your favourite thing about your culture back home.

The culture in Jordan is very family-based, every weekend we meet with family, there’s like 20 people in one room. The food is also a major part of the culture, the traditional food with rice, meat and all that. We speak Arabic in Jordan, which is the main language. Other than that, it’s a very diverse and accepting culture because we have a lot of international residents in Jordan.

What’s a typical day at school for you?

A typical day at school is going in the morning, meeting with friends before class, working on different projects. I’m in the yearbook so I work for things in the yearbook and we take pictures. Cause we’re seniors we do a lot of things around school.

 

Interview with Jack Lambard (American Community School of Amman, Jordan)

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Have you been to other MUN conferences in other countries before?

No, this is my first time participating in a conference.

How did you like Cyprus so far?

 I think the weather in Cyprus is much better than in Jordan. It’s generally milder and more pleasant. Also, the nights in Cyprus are more tranquil and quiet and they are just perfect for a peaceful stroll. Lastly, Cyprus seems to be a very organised country.

Tell us your favourite thing about your culture back home.

Well, I’m actually from Texas and I currently live in Jordan because my dad is a diplomat and he was transferred there. So my favourite thing about our culture in Texas is how people there don’t give up and they always stick to their beliefs.

What’s a typical day at school for you?

My typical day at school would be going from class to class and rushing to do my homework between breaks.

Interview with Ali Hmaidi (American Community School, Jordan)

Have you been to other MUN conferences in other countries before? How this one differs from those and what do you like most about this one?

No this is actually my first time on a MUN trip.IMG_3874

-What has the experience been like then?

I wasn’t expecting it to be as inclusive as this because I feel like I’m going to a different country and while I have lived in Greece I wasn’t expecting people to be so welcoming especially from my group. I actually really liked  that I was able to interact with everybody and they spoke English just for me. I know some of my other teammates that came from Jordan didn’t as lucky with the groups, and I mean I’m enjoying it.

-Describe your journey to Cyprus:

It’s nice, It’s definitely different from Jordan, where we were used to dessert. Once we landed we could smell the sea. It was cool and it reminded me of when I lived in Greece ’cause I have not been back to Greece for eight years,, I used to live there as well but I was way younger. It’s nice to see the culture that I grew up in especially now that I’m older, it’s really great, I’ve been liking that a lot!

-What’s a normal day like for you?

In Jordan there’s a lot of traffic issues, people yelling at each other.It’s Jordan, it’s home, it’s fun. Order and Chaos I’d say. School is nice, but I’m in an American School there, so it feels American it doesn’t feel Jordanian but when you are outside school you can just be yourself. Everybody is busy being themselves and if they have a problem with you they can’t really do anything. The worst that could possibly happen there is somebody dislikes you, that doesn’t really matter in the end. It’s too much fun to do whatever you want!…. with the extent of the law. It’s great!

-What is a typical day at school for you?

I go to classes, my classes are really hard for me so I sit there and I try to understand everything in the day. At breaks I chill with my friends and we talk or rather get into arguments and do anything. Just what friends do. Other than that, I do generally like to pay attention in class because I can’t afford not to, unless I’m aiming for a D, which I don’t. Other than that I mean school and school work, “Work Hard, Play Harder”

-What is the food like there?

Oh, food there is actually pretty good, there’s shahanmas, mansaf, there’s all the Arab, traditional foods. They’re very VERY good! Especially in Cyprus as well, there’s souvlaki. I love souvlaki. Always, always love souvlaki. When I heard we were going to Cyprus, I got so excited because I haven’t eaten real, authentic souvlaki in sooooo long. And it has to be with extra tzantziki as well. IT HAS TO BE!

 

Interview with Yun Kei Chow (Shanghai American School)

 

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Have you been to other MUN conferences in other countries before? How is this one different from those and what do you like most about this one?

Yes, I’ve been to a lot of MUN conferences in China, Singapore, Qatar and Washington DC. Procedure wise the most different thing of the MEDIMUM conference is that the debate is a close one, which that is not normal for us, because there is a lot of discussion between delegates; an open debate. Personally, I prefer the open debate.

Describe your journey to Cyprus

Currently, we have a Chinese break, but the actual one didn’t start until today. So we had to go to school on Wednesday and we left at 11pm Wednesday night. We flew to Dubai first and landed in the morning, a ten hour flight. And we then flew from Dubai to Cyprus. That was like a four hour flight. It was quite long, but it was ok. I slept throughout the whole flight.

Tell us your favourite thing about your culture back home?

Definitely the food. Across my home there is a local market, where I hang out with my friends a lot of the time. Noodles, soup noodles, rice and meat are that food that we frequently enjoy. My favourite one are the fried dumplings with a sauce.

What’s a typical day at school for you?

School starts around 8 am and finishes at 3 pm. There are 4 classes a day. I also play softball and depending on the season I’ll have 2 and a half hours practice after school, so I don’t get home until 6. Then I have a lot of homework to do plus MUN’s meetings once a week. So, it’s pretty busy!

Humans Of MEDIMUN – Jason Kang (Shanghai American School)

What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced?

 ”When i was in grade 4, we were having silent reading in class and for some reason my grade 4 self was reading Harry Potter. I was reading in my head, reading in my head, until eventually there was a line, “BOOM” , and i decided to scream that in the library, in front of everyone. I still remember that to this day.”unnamed (5)

 

Humans of MEDIMUN – Jessica Wu (Shangai American School Pudong)

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That you get to work with people from around the world.