Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (RAIC) is an intensive and fun filled week-long program to help prepare young adults for full participation as citizens of Australia.
Elroy Gelok was sponsored by his local Rotary club to be sent to Canberra together with around 35 other Year 11 students from across Australia. They were taken out of their comfort zones into new places, set amongst new faces and asked to do new things.
For a week, from Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May 2018, RAIC put the students "inside" Canberra. Run in partnership with the Parliamentary Education Office, the students were immersed behind the scenes in Parliament House.
They viewed Parliament in action, including the Budget speech and Question Time, met their Federal member of parliament and Press Gallery journalists. Through role play, delegates participated in law-making debates and explored the functions of the Parliament. They were able to visit the US Embassy where they engaged in a diplomatic simulation scenario between the United States and a fictitious country. Elroy gave a speech to his peers and toured places of interest, such as the Department of Defence, the Australian Electoral Commission and Duntroon Military College.
One of the highlights is having morning tea with the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and most importantly, they met and made friends with young people from all over Australia making it one of the highlights of the RAIC program.