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Model UN sounds fun. Where can I learn more?
How can I start a Model UN group in my school?


I'm using InfoNation and I just got an "Internal Server Error".
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May I have permission to use materials from your site?

May I link to your site?

If we link to your site, will you link to ours?

Does the UN give out scholarships?

How can I get a job at the UN?

How can I get an internship at the United Nations?

How can I take a tour of the United Nations?

In which languages are UN tours given?

How can my organization get a special group tour?

Could our group get a UN official to come and speak with us?

Could our group get an Ambassador or Delegate to come speak with us?

Could a UN official come speak to my group off-premises?


Model UN sounds fun. Where can I learn more? How can I start a Model UN group in my school?
Our Model UN Headquarters has everything you will need to get a beginners' understanding of Model UN. Read the section on Getting Started for suggestions on how to create a Model UN club in your school or community.
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I'm using InfoNation and I just got an "Internal Server Error". What's that? What do I do now?
An "Internal Server Error" happens when there are so many users accessing InfoNation at the same time that the server gets too full and can't process all the requests at once. The best thing to do is wait a few minutes, hit "Refresh" or "Reload", and try again. We're sorry for this "busy signal" and we're working on improving the functionality of InfoNation.
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May I have permission to use materials from your site?
We encourage teachers and students to use, re-use and distribute our materials for classroom use and other non-commercial educational purposes, providing the materials are properly cited/credited/acknowledged.

Materials may also be requested by email or by fax to those without Internet access. Some printed materials are available for sale via the UN Bookshop.

Students should acknowledge the use of Cyberschoolbus materials in the preparation of reports, papers, or other projects using the standards of their countries or language/academic associations.

For commercial enterprises, permission must be obtained from the United Nations Global Teaching and Learning Project by emailing us at cyberschoolbus@un.org or faxing 212-963-3358. Please send a detailed a request, including the purpose, audience, time-frame, etc.
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May I link to your site?
Yes, please do! We like to know what our materials are being used for (it helps us learn what's working!), so we appreciate an email or letter if you decide to do so.

If you would like to link to our site from your site, please use this button or graphic:

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If we link to your site, will you link to ours?
We do not make a practice of reciprocal linking. We carefully screen everything that is sent to us, though, and occasionally include links to non-UN sites such as other learning and teaching sites and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) within specific contexts.
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Does the UN give out scholarships?
Sadly, the UN does not give out scholarships. We wish it did! However, there are many wonderful scholarship resources available online and in print. The UN Bookshop has several books available for ordering. Typing "international scholarships" into nearly any search engine will produce excellent results as well. We wish you success!
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How can I get a job at the UN?
This UN web page will give you a good introduction to the kinds of jobs available at the UN and whom to contact.

For more information on UN employment in general, look here.
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How can I get an internship at the United Nations?
Internships at the UN are only available to those pursuing graduate studies (post-collegiate degrees, Masters' degrees). For more detailed information, look at the webpages of the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme.
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How can I take a tour of the United Nations?
Guided tours of United Nations Headquarters are conducted five days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. A limited schedule may be in effect during the general debate (end-September to mid-October.) Please call 212-963-TOUR(8687) for current information on the guided tours.

Tours last from 45 minutes to one hour and include information on the functions and activities of the United Nations and an explanation of the various exhibits, architecture and decor of the building. Children under five years of age are not admitted on tours.
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In which languages are UN tours given?
Tours are given in English every day. Tours are also available in the other five official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish), as well as German, Portuguese, Italian, and Swedish. For languages other than English, the schedule varies, so please call (212) 963-7539 on the day you plan to visit.
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How much does a UN tour cost?
Tickets for Adults are US $12.50, Senior citizens (over 60 years old) $8.50, and Children (5-12 years old) $6.50.



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How can my organization get a special group tour?
Groups of 15 or more should make reservations for their tours in advance through Guided Tour Reservations, tel. (212) 963-4440.
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Could our group get a UN official to come and speak with us?
Programmes: For groups of 20 or more, 9th grade and above, the Group Programme Unit can arrange briefings by Secretariat officials.

Requests should be made a minimum of 4 weeks in advance to the Group Programme Unit, Room GA-61, United Nations, New York, NY 10017, tel. (212) 963-7710, fax (212) 963-0071. Please note that as a general policy briefings are not scheduled on weekends or holidays.
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Could our group get an Ambassador or Delegate to come speak with us?
The United Nations does not arrange speaking engagements by representatives of the Member States or Observers. Such arrangements should be made in writing directly to the Member States' or Observers' Missions to the United Nations.
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Could a UN official come speak to my group off-premises?
Speakers' Bureau: Secretariat officials sometimes accept outside speaking engagements. These activities are in addition to their regular work schedule. Therefore, only a limited number of requests can be accommodated.

It is necessary for the inviting organization to cover all expenses for travel and accommodation of the speaker, and for the expected audience to exceed 100 persons. Requests for speakers should be addressed to the Group Programme Unit, Room GA-61, United Nations, New York, NY 10017, Tel. (212) 963-7710, fax (212) 963-0071.
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