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PUBLISHED: 16:39 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 23 August 2010

CULTURE: Natalie gets set for her trip.

CULTURE: Natalie gets set for her trip.

A TALENTED teenager is preparing for a trip of a lifetime after being selected as one of only 100 youngsters to represent the UK in a fellowship scheme. Natalie Moore, 18, of Ferndale Road, Gravesend, will spend the summer in Shanghai, China, after being

A TALENTED teenager is preparing for a trip of a lifetime after being selected as one of only 100 youngsters to represent the UK in a fellowship scheme.

Natalie Moore, 18, of Ferndale Road, Gravesend, will spend the summer in Shanghai, China, after being chosen to take part in the Prime Minister's Global Fellowship scheme.

The project aims to nurture young talent through exposure to different countries and their way of life.

She said: "I actually didn't believe it when I heard I had got a place. The original letter saying well done and that I had got a place was from the Prime Minister.

"I think I read it about eight times to make sure that I was reading it correctly. I was over the moon. It's a great honour to be picked to be able to do it."

She will leave for China today, spending six weeks experiencing life in the Far East.

After two weeks studying Chinese language and culture she will be placed in a school to help out as a language assistant before visiting a global company and see a multinational business from the inside.

She said: "I have never been further than Europe so it's going to be a great opportunity to see the customs, the food, the clothing and the conditions of a completely different country."

Once back in the UK the Gravesend Grammar School for Girls student will give presentations of her experiences at schools in the area and will also be invited to Downing Street to share what she has learnt with the Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

She said: "It's a bit intimidating really. He's going to be talking to us about what we have done and what we have learnt so it's a great chance to get your opinions heard."

When the scheme is over Ms Moore says she is planning to take a gap year before heading of to study French and History at University College London next year.

She will be keeping a daily blog featuring pictures of her experiences which can be viewed by visiting www.bebo.com/globalfellowship

jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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