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Student chosen as Global Fellow on trip to Brazil

PUBLISHED: 16:19 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:58 25 August 2010

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A TEENAGER is among 100 students from across the UK who has travelled to Brazil to learn skills as part of a unique initiative.

A TEENAGER is among 100 students from across the UK who has travelled to Brazil to learn skills as part of a unique initiative.

Gurdeep Briah, 19, of Vale Road, Northfleet, has been named as one of the Prime Minister's 'Global Fellows'.

The programme, designed to nurture outstanding talent and enterprise among youngsters, will give the Bexley Grammar School student the chance to work in the region with Cambridge University Press.

Speaking before he left this month, he said: "Visiting any global company is worthwhile but the opportunity to see everything from a different perspective is truly a unique and valuable experience.

"Having never imagined going to Brazil so soon in life I'm extremely excited at the thought of living and working in one of the world's most rapidly growing economies.

"I cannot wait to meet the kind and generous people that have offered their home to me - they've no idea of what they've got themselves into! - and live the life of a true Brazilian."

The Global Fellowship has been designed to give young people an introduction to the tiger economies of Brazil, India and China to understand the social, economic and environmental issues posed by rapid global change.

Gurdeep will spend two weeks on a cultural programme learning about the life and language of Brazil, two weeks in a school or college teaching English and completing a research project with Brazilian students and two weeks with Cambridge University Press experiencing first hand how the global economy works.

Speaking about his application, he said: "Growing up in a diverse place like London has given me the opportunity to interact with people of different ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds; this in addition to a natural curiosity has given me my thirst to travel and experience different cultures on a less superficial basis."

All those taking part are due to meet again in November at a reception with the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "I am very proud of the 100 young people who have been selected for their outstanding talent, enthusiasm and potential.

"This programme offers a wonderful opportunity for them and I look forward to welcoming Gurdeep and the other Fellows to a reception in Downing Street to hear about their experiences.

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