The Role of Counsellor.
The counsellor system was devised to provide mature and knowledgeable advice to students participating in MUNA. It intends to replicate both the guidance of the Home Government and the permanent staff of the Mission that each member nation maintains at the UN.
Each sponsoring Rotary Club or High School selects the counsellor using their own method of selection. Counsellors come from all walks of life; they may be teachers, Rotarians or members of the community. Their main qualification being willingness to give of their time, enthusiasm in the development of the youth of their community, and an awareness of world affairs. The counsellor should be named at the time when the delegates are chosen and register as such.
The counsellor plays an important part in the successful preparation of delegates and their meaningful participation in MUNA. Students who have been diligently groomed in advance of the sessions seem to best enjoy the program. Ineffective or ill-informed advice to students could well result in an unpleasant MUNA experience.
In addition to preparing student delegates for their participation in MUNA, each counsellor is encouraged to attend the two-day Assembly and to advise the delegation on matters under discussion, including rules of procedure, appropriate decorum, attire, and general behaviour.
Their role is advisory, supportive, and supervisory. Counsellors should sit close to their delegations during the Assembly to advise them but do not participate in discussions in the actual Assembly. They may use the Diplomatic Couriers to communicate with their delegation. They may attend the Bloc meetings with their delegation. Counsellors should impress upon their delegates to send notes via the Diplomatic Couriers to other delegates on matters under discussion in the Assembly and on other Assembly business but not for personal or social reasons.
The host Rotary Club can arrange accommodation at the venue (subject to availability) but cannot assume any financial responsibility for Counsellors’ travelling expenses or accommodation. Overnight accommodation, dinner and breakfast at their own cost. Accommodation is a shared room with other adults (counsellors/committee).
Counsellors are expected to monitor their delegation's attire. As role models for their delegates, counsellors that attend MUNA are also expected to follow the dress code.