Hong Kong youth delegates are spreading goodwill and Chinese culture on an exchange visit abroad. An eight-member delegation, under the auspices of the Commission on Youth's International Youth Exchange Programme, will return on Saturday after spending three weeks in Britain. Another group of 15 is in Singapore, and returns on August 10. Commission chairman Eric Li Ka-cheung said the young people were acting as ambassadors for Hong Kong. 'We expect them to extend our goodwill overseas and in return learn more about British and Singaporean cultures and way of life.' The 23 youngsters, aged between 18 and 24, were chosen from more than 160 candidates from secondary schools, tertiary institutes, youth organisations and government departments. All have an excellent academic background, are fluent in English, and understand Chinese culture and have a good grasp of Hong Kong affairs. Young Post spoke to some of the ambassadors before they left. Wendy Fung Shuk-mun, a final- year Travel and Tourism Management student at Hong Kong Technical College, was excited. The 22-year-old said the trip was a great opportunity to find out what other people thought of Hong Kong, especially after the handover. 'I'll try to put across the positive side of our home,' Ms Fung said. 'People abroad are interested in our fledgling region, but there seems to have been a lot of negative coverage about us in the past year.' This posed a challenge to young people, she said. 'It is a sign that we must change. We have to upgrade ourselves constantly in order to improve the quality of our lives.' Carmen Chik Ka-man, a first-year psychology student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who was going to Singapore, said she hoped to compare the two places. 'I'd like to see the similarities and differences,' the 19-year-old said. 'By knowing our strengths and weaknesses we can plan to build a better future.' Delegates to Britain are visiting youth groups in Manchester and Liverpool, where they will discuss common issues. They will also be touring museums and universities and taking part in recreational activities and social services which will give them a better picture of life in Britain. Those in Singapore are staying with local families and meeting youths from local organisations. Each delegate must prepare a report on returning to Hong Kong. The exchange programme provides bilateral visits and British and Singaporean delegates will come to Hong Kong later this year.