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    I've been abroad taking part in a volunteering scheme since January and will come back in late march. I'm with 8 other British young people (18-26) and 9 native people. Problem is, I havent really managed to strike up a close friendship with anyone as I'm a fairly quiet and anxious person also I don't drink alcohol. I try to talk to people but I'm often either ignored, get drowned out by loud people or I get a snide, sarcastic comment in response. And yet people tell me that I need to open up more and that they want to include me. A lot of people view me as annoying but I'm just being myself. Someone literally said that if I drink alcohol, then people will get to know me which also makes no sense. If you want to get to know me, ask me things maybe.

    We have a team leader who, luckily, is lovely.

    Its kind of getting to me as I thought I was past the hideous stage of finding it hard to make friends. I'm 19 now. My self esteem is starting to suffer. Any advice?

    Just try and hang in there. It's only 1 month left. If they do some social stuff try and join them and just talk with people so they get to know you.
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