More and more students are signing up for study tours to learn about foreign cultures and hone their language skills. In collaboration with secondary schools, the Education and Manpower Bureau has been organising the Singapore-Hong Kong Exchange Programme every year since 2000. It is aimed at giving students a taste of Singaporean culture. About 60 students from Tuen Mun Government Secondary School will leave for the Lion City this summer on a two-week trip. At the same time, 60 Singaporean students will visit Hong Kong. They will stay at the homes of their Hong Kong counterparts and vice versa. The trip will help participants learn to be independent. 'Many of them have never left their families for such a long time before. They can learn to look after themselves in a new environment,' said English teacher Chan Woo Mei-hou. Form Three student Winnie Chung joined the programme last summer. Winnie said she was impressed by Singaporeans' tolerance towards people from different ethnic groups. 'I attended a Racial Harmony Day where people in ethnic costumes mingled with each other. I made many friends of different nationalities during the trip,' said Winnie.