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I had not appreciated that so few people come out in the East Asian countries that my telling them was something extraordinary. This was also the most interesting aspect of the workcamp in terms of trying to expand the awareness of other ways of living, and there was never any hostility or problems because of it.

It turned out that I was the only gay person that many of the volunteers had ever met or got to know well. I ‘came out’ only in the last few days of the camp, to allow people to get to know me first. There then followed limitless questions about ‘how gay people think’, ‘what gay people are like’ etc. which I found interesting to answer but a little tiresome at some points.

I had not appreciated that so few people come out in the East Asian countries that my telling them was something extraordinary. This was also the most interesting aspect of the workcamp in terms of trying to expand the awareness of other ways of living, and there was never any hostility or problems because of it.

David H. from Surrey

member of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Volunteer International Network Exchange UK
with the support of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the European «Youth in Action» Programme

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