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Mar 27, 2018

Traveling teen building international business knowledge

Rangitīkei teen Meg Marshall is excited about the wide world of business and how Kiwis can use it to change lives for the better globally.

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Over summer the 17-year-old spent three days in Vietnam building a raised concrete area to lift a school so it would be dry in the rainy season, and travelled in Cambodia and Vietnam, with a group from her school. 

In mid-April she will travel to Singapore to learn more about business through the Young Enterprise Scheme. 

The Nga Tawa deputy head girl grew up on a dairy farm between Marton and Hunterville, and said conversations with her dad about agri-business grew her interest 

"He challenges me with ideas. It's always interested me, and it challenges you to think quite outside the box. 

"When business can have a positive impact on things it's really exciting. It feels quite direct – If you want to do something you can – and it will be hard work and might not work, but it feels like a direct way to say what you want, and do what you want for the world." 

In school business classes she has taken part in the Young Enterprise Scheme. Students develop their own business, from planning and testing the market to supplying their own products or services and balancing the books. 

Last year Meg's team built up a Facebook marketing business by developing a page aimed at teens, with a health and wellbeing focus. They then offered advertising on the page.

Her teacher nominated her for the Young Enterprise study tour to Singapore, and she was one of 10 teens chosen from throughout the country to take part. 

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