International Travel Team

View the most recent Flipbook for the 2018 Galapagos Team:


 Mission of the International Travel Team

The foundation of the International Travel Team is the premise that complex global challenges need interdisciplinary approaches and we work towards that goal by providing the following skills to students:

  • Training in negotiations
  • Conducting research on existing global policies
  • Learning to behave like a professional in a global setting 
  • Practicing diplomacy by engaging in negotiations within the UN framework
  • Learning from experts, civil society, and other stakeholders about a variety of perspectives and approaches to solving complex global challenges
  • Working effectively in groups
  • Building skills in communication (written and oral)
  • Developing intercultural competencies in attitudes and skills [source]
  • Developing oneself as a Global Citizen

Therefore, we seek students from a variety of majors to work on global challenges in their area(s) of interest. In the past, Nursing students have served on the World Health Organizations (WHO) committee, Sustainability students have served in the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Environmental Studies students have served on ECOSOC and UN-Habitat, Health Sciences students have served on UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) discussing refugee camps and women’s rights, CRIM students have worked on transnational crime and arms control treaties in the General Assembly (GA), Physics students have focused on using expertise from the scientific community to inform work in the GA, POLS Pre-law students have served on Non-Proliferation Treaty committees dealing with international law, and several pre-med (BIOL) students have served on the Security Council, Committee on the Status of Women, and United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

The International Travel Team is generously funded by President Dr. Harvey Kesselman after receiving pilot support from the 2020-Learning Initiative Team.

International Travel Team Application


1. Complete the electronic application below by the deadline listed in the invitation email sent to all students in January:

2. Request TWO recommendations by sending the link provided in the application to both your recommenders to complete before the deadline.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. A 3.0 minimum GPA or an explanation of academic achievement.
  2. Evaluation of essays to assess skills in research, written communication, and ability to synthesize large amounts of information into a coherent, evidence-based argument. Citation and formatting should follow guidelines established by the Monkey Cage blog here: "Contributors’ Guide and Ethics Code".
  3. Assessment of ability to succeed in an international academic competition based on a description of relevant experiences that might prepare you to successfully represent a non-U.S. country, research global policies, effectively communicate (written and verbal), work with people from a variety of backgrounds, and overall function as a professional in a global setting.
  4. Personal interest and commitment to solving complex global challenges from an interdisciplinary approach is strongly weighted. 
  5. The degree to which someone will benefit from this unique learning experience, as described in the application and in recommendation forms.
  6. Holistic evaluation of applicants from both recommenders.

Requirements for successful applicants:

  1. Enrollment in GSS 2635: UN Experience and attendance at all class sessions (no tolerance policy).
  2. Attendance at all required pre-conference and post-conference sessions for the class (no tolerance policy).
  3. Participation in ALL conference-related events while abroad (no tolerance policy).
  4. Attendance at a Model UN Simulation for local high school students on the Saturday before or after UN Day on October 24th.
  5. Willingness to serve as a guest speaker in classes in the spring following travel to discuss your experiences with other students (dates TBD based on class schedules).
  6. Draft and edit sections of an e-book of pictures, journal entries, experiences, skills, and lessons learned within 60 days of travel, to be distributed to the Stockton community (see the right side on past conferences for examples)
  7. Participation in Day of Service (note: this applies only to conferences with service learning).

Upcoming Conferences

NMUN-China 2018: "At NMUN•China, delegates will focus on pressing global issues while marveling at more than 2,000 years of Chinese civilization. Xi’an is a modern city of 8 million inhabitants that also embraces its history as an ancient capital at the start of the Silk Road. The cultural tours include visits to two UNESCO world heritage sites: the first emperor’s Terracotta Army (200 BCE - Qin Dynasty) and the Buddhist Big Wild Goose Pagoda (7th Century - Tang Dynasty), as well as the markets and Muslim quarter dating back to Marco Polo. Sessions will be held in partnership with Northwestern Polytechnical University which is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2018." [1]

2020, November 22-29: NMUN•Japan (Kobe)

2021, November 20-28: NMUN•Czech Republic (Olomouc)


Past Conferences

NMUN-Galapagos 2018
In January 2018, a team of 7 students (Alejandra Londono, Jessica Cathcart, Bright Waife, Rebecca Hillbert, Nube Munoz, Kassandra Vega, and Leighanna Ritter) represented China on 6 commitees and Brazil on 1 committee. The Chinese delegatation earned a Distinguished Delegation award and several individual students earned additional awards in committees. Leighanna Ritter (China-UNESCO) earned a Best Position Paper award and Outstanding Delegate award, Rebecca Hilbert (China-UN-Habitat) earned an Outstanding Delegate award, and Bright Wiafe (China-UNEA) earned a Best Position Paper award. For Brazil, Alejandra Londono (UNESCO) earned both an Outstanding Delegate and Best Position Paper award.

NMUN-Japan 2016 (click on image to view Flipbook):
Japan cover pageView FlipBook

 NMUN-Rome 2014 (click on image to view Flipbook):

NMUN Rome 2014 FlipBookView FlipBook