Interviewing members of the International School of Kenya

Interviewing members of the International School of Kenya
Alicia L. and Luana A.

This year 32 different schools participated in the 2022 Iberian Model United Nations (IMUN). The press team had the honor of interviewing one of the directors as well as a student from the International School of Kenya, currently the school that is the farthest away from Portugal.

Interview with the IMUN director of the International School of Kenya:

Kent Reschke, one of the two IMUN directors for the International School of Kenya, has been teaching for over 10 years. While the school Mr. Reschke is representing has been a part of IMUN three times in the past ten years, its current students had not yet had been subject to this opportunity. 

1.      What motivated you into joining IMUN?

R: We wanted to branch out and explore more international conferences. I have previous experience with IMUN in Lisbon and its high-quality debates. We knew it was going to be a good time. We could spark student interest while having a good experience.

 

2.      Has your school participated in IMUN before?

R: This isn’t our school’s first time participating in an IMUN conference, we’ve taken part in it three times in the last 10 years.

 

3.      What are your thoughts on this year’s conference so far?

R: Up until now, it has been nice and easy. In terms of the organization and planning, big credit to CAISL in helping us get here. It’s still early, but I think our students have enjoyed getting to know students from all over the world.

 

4.      Do you have any feedback or anything you would like to change?

R: I think it would be nice to have more international schools participating in this IMUN conferences from outside of Europe. I noticed that most schools come from Europe and so it would be nice to have more diversity.

 

5.      How do you feel about Portugal? Is this your school’s first time here?

R: I definitely enjoy being here so far. It’s many of our students’ first time in Portugal. Personally, I’ve been here before, however many students weren’t eligible to visit yet. I think many students are enjoying this new experience. We are all definitely looking forward to Sunday, the extra day we have to enjoy and explore Lisbon and its rich history and culture.

 

6.      How are the accommodations?

R: So far, we’ve really enjoyed the proximity to the conference as well as the ability to explore the beautiful city of Cascais. We’re loving being so close to the ocean and we are planning on spending all-day Sunday to enjoy Lisbon.

 

7.      What obstacles have you faced in this conference?

Rt: We faced challenges with obtaining Visas and getting to Europe. The travel did take quite a bit of time, but we made it and we’re lucky to have an extra day to explore the rich culture of Lisbon.

 

8.      What has been your favorite part so far?

D: I think the students have been loving the opportunity of meeting students from other schools and people from Portugal, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, and Romania, so I think this interaction and involvement with different cultures from around the world is a big take away.

 

 

Interview with a student in Special Conference from the International School of Kenya:

 Enzo L., a current student in the International School of Kenya, joined MUN at the very at the very beginning of 2022. He has already been an active participant in four conferences in his local community, but this year´s IMUN conferences in his local community, but this year´s IMUN conference will be his first international conference. He has been looking forward to and ejoying the diverse and international aspect which IMUN provides.

1)      What motivated you into joining IMUN?  

S: I was very interested in what a more varied and international conference would look like. I joined MUN last January and I've just been growing to like it more and more. It was also free at the time.

 

2)      Is this your first time in an IMUN conference?  

S: This is my first really big conference. I’ve been to about 4 small conferences before, but this is my first international one.

 

3)      What are your thoughts on this year’s conference so far?

S: It’s been really interesting listening to other people from different schools, their individual opinions, and their representations of their countries.  It's definitely been a lot more developed and formal than the ones I've been to in my local community and so I’ve loved seeing how this new and more formal world of MUN works.

 

4)      How do you feel about Portugal? Is this your first time here?

S: It's my first time in Portugal and second time in Europe. I think it’s very beautiful. I really love the scenery and everything about it.

 

5)      Out of all the agenda issues we have for this year’s conference, which is your personal favorite?

S: I did the most research into the agenda issue of the refugee crisis. I think that was the most interesting one to me, especially because of the conflict in Ukraine.

 

6)      Have you already interacted/met new people from different schools?

S: I’ve met a few new people. It has been very interesting to talk to others considering the diverse backgrounds that everyone comes from.

 

7)      Are your values aligned with the values of the country you’re representing?

S: Not really, no, but it’s still fun to argue against your own values. It presents an exciting challenge.

 

8)      What obstacles have you faced in this conference?

S: I’d say the biggest obstacle for us was the transit. We have to fly about 10 hours to get here, and the flight is very expensive so we can’t have as much representation. In the actual conference, I think the biggest challenge for me was speaking up and putting myself out there since it’s such a big conference and speaking in front of so many ears can be quite overwhelming.

 

9)      What has been your favorite part so far?

The debate itself. I really appreciate listening to different points of view and presenting different sides of an argument. I’ve also really enjoyed meeting people from different cultures.

 

10)  Have you written any amendments?

Not yet on this specific resolution, but I am definitely looking forward to writing amendments for other resolutions.

 

11)  How would you rate this experience out of 10?

I’d say a 7, just because while it’s been really nice, it’s still a big challenge to be heard amongst the massive sea of voices.

 

 

The members of the press team thank the International School of Kenya for participating and bettering the IMUN experience for us all and for taking time out of their day to meet with us to discuss our conference related questions.

 

Luana A. and Alicia L