Living in African open country may not be some people's idea of fun, but it was a wonderful experience for a Junior Police Call leader. Shamshuipo JPC leader Carmen Chik Ka-man and other local youngsters took part in an international youth programme during the summer holidays. They spent eight days at a school in rural South Africa where the environment is unpolluted. They lived together with 40 other young people from seven Asian countries and South Africa. The school tutors taught them how to observe the lifestyle of water species. 'I learned that we must keep a balance between the natural environment and living species. This balance can be destroyed easily and the most serious damage comes from human beings,' Carmen said. 'To safeguard the well-being of our next generations, we should work more on environmental protection,' the 19-year-old said. Her most unforgettable experience was hugging an endangered black rhino. 'He behaved like my puppy. When I fed him, he was so greedy that he tried to take my hand into his big mouth.' Participants took turns to cook a national dish and one day had an 'international wedding day' when they dressed up in traditional costumes to play out different wedding rites and customs.