This year's trip to New York marks the third time Colegio Alpamayo has participated in the Montessori Model United Nations. The delegation this year spent months preparing their research and materials, even taking time out of their summer vacation, to guarantee their successful participation. With the help of alumnus Fabrizio Quijano, the boys researched their selected countries (this year was United States, Rwanda, and Palestine), and prepared solutions to worldwide problems from different perspectives.
Before the conference, the students had a chance to tour the Big Apple. On this year's trip, our students trekked through Central Park, went ice skating, visited the American Museum of Natural History, navigated the subway system, caught a show, ferried out to the Statue of Liberty, and tasted the best pizza and burgers in New York. After two full days of tourism, our boys were ready to get to work in their conferences.
Like last year, our students' committees were held in the conference rooms of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. For two days, the students negotiated with kids from all over the world about solutions to global issues. Each delegation was representing their country in different committees, with topics like nuclear disarmament, global hunger, and the funding of peacekeeping missions. After collaborating with the other students of their committees, our boys had the honor of voting on their resolution in the General Assembly of the United Nations. This year, the delegation represented by Sebastian Alvarado and Alvaro Salazar were voted to speak at the podium of the General Assembly, an honor typically reserved for heads of state.
It was wonderful to see our boys in this conference again where Colegio Alpamayo was the biggest school delegation. This style of Model United Nations is growing worldwide and our boys are in the vanguard. Unlike the previous two years, when our school and Hiram Bingham were the only participating schools, this year saw five schools from Lima in attendance. Because of the size of the conference, the organization had decided they needed to host two conferences in New York this year, along with their conferences in Rome, China, and Indiana. With this experience, our boys may now prepare themselves to run the committees through the Leadership program offered by MMUN.
The wonder of witnessing these boys conduct themselves as gentlemen while in and out of their respective committees was outstanding. When all was said and done, the young men were treated to a basketball game in Madison Square Garden. Everyone arrived back in Lima safely and with having the job well done.