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Wednesday, 22nd May, 2002 - 14:30 BST
Bonding in Kettering
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The group in Kettering.
Young people from Sri Lanka and across the UK have been working together in Kettering as part of a World Youth Programme, organised by the charity VSO.

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What if I don't like them? What if they don't like me? It was very hard to get your head round.
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Tom Stean, 17, from Bedford, UK

Hello everybody and welcome to the VSO. You are now going to have an insight into what we are and what we do.

The first day we met, it was just the English. The Sri Lankans were due on the next day.

All of the English people bonded very well with all the judgements passing very quickly.

It all started in Harborne, Birmingham, and what a hectic five days we had. Instense working and intense chilling. No time for sleep but everybody bonded extremely well.

When all the Sri Lankans came through the door, the first thought was: "Oh God! They're early". After that, there was lots of running around and then we meet them.

Emotions were everywhere! You are meeting the person who you will live and work with for six months. I mean, wow!

My heart was in my feet. I thought: "what if I don't like them? What if they don't like me?" It was very hard to get your head round.

For the next few days, everything for me was weird. I was surrounded by people who I didn't know or knew if I liked them but had to get on with them.

Everything from opening a bag of crisps to explaining that it is exceptable for women to drink and smoke had to be explained to them.

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