Model United Nations, known as Model UN, is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. At Laurel International, we offer an adapted version of Model UN program for middle and high schoolers from China and America, in the hope that the two countries' youth will gain more knowledge of the United Nations and form true friendships.
During the first two days, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to participate in a simulated General Assembly and Security Council. With one or two student }delegates" representing a UN member state, all the "delegates" will make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure. The agenda items usually focus on current issues that are being discussed in the United Nations. Following these conferences will be a UN Knowledge Contest.
Over the past few years, participants have benefited from and enjoyed this interactive learning experience. It not only involves young people in the study and discussion of global issues, but also encourages the development of useful skills such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, compromise and cooperation.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Program
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a research and education institution at the forefront of molecular biology and genetics. It has nurtured eight Nobel Prize winners and nearly 100 Nobel Laureates have worked, visited or studied here.
In partnership with CSHL, Laurel provides a two- or three-week workshop for Chinese high schoolers interested in acquiring knowledge and skills in cutting-edge biological genetics research. During this workshop, students spend a great deal of time doing experiments in the lab under the guidance and support of teachers. They also have the opportunity to attend seminars and interact with world-renowned scientists.
The workshop fostered students' love of science and put them on track for future study and careers in biological science.
Chinese Students Volunteering in the U.S.
During their summer or winter break, Chinese students will participate in volunteering work in America. Throughout the trip, they will obtain a real understanding of the international volunteer system and accumulate first-hand experience in doing daily volunteer work.
Most of the work is in response to the needs of local residents. For instance, students will join recovery projects to assist elderly or impoverished families to improve their lives. They will also engage in relief work to help disaster-stricken people get back on their feet. Other projects include clearing trails and removing invasive plants in select parks affiliated with the U.S. National Park Service, and maintaining public facilities in local communities. In addition, students will have the opportunity to meet with professionals from national/international organizations to further explore volunteering related topics.
Aside from doing volunteering work, students will get together with their counterparts from middle or high schools in the local community.
To date, our volunteers have extended their helping hands to people living in states like Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Michigan.
American Students Volunteering in the China
Alternatively, American studnets can take a trip to volunteer in China. One option is to take care of Giant Pandas at Ya'an Bifengxia Panda base located in the Ya'an City of Sichuan Province, the home to panda. The base covers an area of 177 acres and houses between 60-80 Giant Pandas at any given time. Under the guidance of experts from the base, volunteers will take care for pandas, prepare food, clean enclosures, and conduct observations.
Another option is to volunteer in Cang County of Hebei province and Beijing. In the first part of the trip, students will land in a local school in Cang County and offer training courses for its English teachers. Then they will transfer to Beijing, the capital city of China and continue their volunteering at the Great Wall, where they will clean graffiti and collect trash left by tourists and locals.
Chinese Culture Day at Disneyland Park
With great support from the Walt Disney World in California and Orlando, Chinese students and young artists bring highlights of the Chinese culture to life for tourists from around the world.
The two-day event kicks off with a grand parade and opening ceremony featuring exhilarating dragon and lion dances. Following the dances are the tradition and customs of Chinese art, music, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, tea ceremony, acrobatics and other performances. Masters of Beijing Opera then take center stage and perform to celebrate the Chinese Culture Day. The celebration will culminate in a parade joined by Disney's most popular characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Cinderella, Snow White, just to name a few. In between these performances, students will meet face to face with Disney professionals and explore topics of their interest.
It is our hope that students will take this opportunity to interact with people all over the world, while using their talents to demonstrate the essence of the Chinese culture.
The Little Ambassador Program
Composed of members of newspapers, magazines and radio stations from Chinese elementary and secondary schools, the Little Ambassador program is designed to help young participants to understand the outside world, increase cross-cultural communication ability and independently explore matters of importance and interest.
Participants will receive hands-on instruction from working journalists and teachers in the areas of print, broadcast, online and photo journalism. Then they will have chances to put knowledge into practice by interviewing well known people working in a variety of fields. On their interviewee list were Ms. Elaine Lan Chao, the 24th United States Secretary of Labor, Mr. Justin Yifu Lin, former World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Ms. Anna Chennault, a leading Chinese-American activist in U.S.-Asian affairs, Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mayor of Rockville, just to name a few. Students will also attend a simulation of press conference at The National Press Club.