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What am I doing in these vacations?

Switch off the idiot box and head out to experience the real world with these fun options

education Updated: Apr 06, 2011 09:17 IST

1 If moulding clay and creating beautiful pieces is your thing, join summer courses in pottery. One of the oldest ones is at the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust. More details on www.delhibluepotterytrust.com

2 Courses in various forms of dance abound. Two suggestions are Shiamak Davar’s institute (www.shiamakdavar.com) and Ashley Lobo’s Danceworx (www.thedanceworx.com)

3 For the socially conscious, there are many worthwhile ways of spending the summer. Volunteer at an orphanage, an old-age home or at an NGO. Look for volunteer sections on popular job portals such as www.indeed.co.in

4 Declutter your house by analysing which things haven’t been used in over six months. Chances are you don’t need them. Either donate these or hold a garage sale. Word of caution: ask your parents first

5 If you have a flair for the language and want to put it to good use, most media houses welcome interns during long academic breaks. Prepare your resume citing any writing experience (school magazine etc) or frame a good answer for why you feel you will be able to contribute to the newspaper you want to work with

6 One surefire way of widening your horizons is to travel. We advise you to do more. Start a blog and document your experiences. If money is a constraint, traverse your own city and learn new things about it

7 If the acting bug has got you, join a theatre workshop. Ideally, pick one that ends in a production for that fantastic sense of achievement. One of these is run by the Yellow Cat Company. Write to them at yellowcatco@gmail.com

8 One can contribute to the literacy campaign by teaching less advantaged children in the neighbourhood. More details on www.eachoneteachoneindia.org

9 You can also volunteer at various cultural centres across the city like the British Council to gain knowledeg about a specific country

10 Finally, the age-old pastime — reading books. Pick up a book and watch it take you on magical journeys while you sit cosily at home