The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) has been active as a United Nations simulation since 1968. Set in the World Forum Conference Center in The Hague, Netherlands, students have an opportunity to interact with other students from schools all over the world. Presenters and guest speakers of previous THIMUN conferences have been Princess Mabel van Orange of The Netherlands, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and former United States President Bill Clinton.
The American School of Valencia is one of five schools invited each year from Spain and has proudly participated in THIMUN since 1993 originally as a co-delegation and since 1998 as a single school delegation. Participation has assisted in the development and enhancement of emotional quotient (EQ) through interpersonal skills such as team participation, opportunity to be an expert on a topic and to teach that topic, leadership and negotiation skills and the opportunity to unite a team amidst cultural differences. The most obvious advantage to participation in THIMUN is the opportunity to meet and interact with likeminded teenagers from all over the world and to do so in English at a level that goes beyond the level used daily in the classroom.
Over 3,300 students participate in THIMUN each year and they come from over 90 different countries and run the range of continents; Europe (France, Italy, Spain and Germany), the Americas (U.S., Colombia, Canada and Venezuela), Africa (Sudan, South Africa and Egypt), East Asia (China, Japan and Singapore), the MidEast (Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).
The EuroCommittee, established in 1991 in The Hague, Netherlands aims to develop cross-cultural activities among schools in Europe through participation in a number of EuroProjects based around a variety of themes. This program is open to students who are in Grade 7.
Students from 15 schools in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, and Holland have participated over the years. Involvement in EuroProjects promotes a better understanding of cultural differences, tolerance and respect and builds relationships among students and schools for life.
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