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?
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