“If you have someone representing the United States and they’re not prepared, it makes it very difficult for all other students in the committee to be able to do their roles properly,” LaChapelle said.
Since virtually every country must take America’s actions into account when making their own plans, an ill-prepared America throws the conference into disarray.
Though Brazil is not on the same international level, it is a “complex” and “growing economy,” and a good chance to introduce the rest of the conference to Newburyport’s skills, according to LaChapelle.
“If this becomes something that we go to consistently, I would almost guarantee that we would get the big countries after a year or two,” he said.
The Newburyport Model UN is accepting donations to the trip at http://www.gofundme.com/6v21wc. The Global Classrooms International Model UN conference will take place in New York City on May 15 to May 17.