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China girl is back home

PUBLISHED: 16:29 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 23 August 2010

making friends: Natalie Moore has returned from Shanghai.

making friends: Natalie Moore has returned from Shanghai.

A TEENAGER has returned home after spending the summer in China as part of a UK fellowship scheme. Natalie Moore, 18, of Ferndale Road, Gravesend, arrived home on Monday after spending six weeks in Shanghai, China. She was among 100 youngsters selected

A TEENAGER has returned home after spending the summer in China as part of a UK fellowship scheme.

Natalie Moore, 18, of Ferndale Road, Gravesend, arrived home on Monday after spending six weeks in Shanghai, China.

She was among 100 youngsters selected to take part in the Prime Minister's Global Fellowship Scheme.

After spending the first two weeks studying the Chinese language and culture she was placed in a school to help out as an English language teaching assistant for two weeks before spending the remainder of her trip at the Chinese headquarters of B&Q.

Ms Moore said: "It went fantastically well. It was better than I expected. One of the most enjoyable things was meeting so many new people. I made loads of friends and we will all keep in touch.

"We all sat a Chinese exam which I passed so I was pleased about that. It was great being able to speak a bit of Chinese. It was nice to be able to speak to people in their own tongue rather than using English all of the time."

The teenager will now travel around schools in the area giving talks about her experiences before heading to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minster Gordon Brown and the other young people who went on the trip on November 17.

She added: "One of the biggest things I had to adjust to was not having a knife and fork and having to eat everything with chopsticks.

"Some of the food was strange like squid and the seafood which isn't my favourite but I tried everything. We found some English food like fish and chips which was good as it reminded me of home

"Going to the school was a shock for me too. We think we have it bad in school here but they go to school from 8am to 6pm and then get four hours of homework."

Ms Moore is now going to take a gap year before heading off to study French and History at University College London next year.

jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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