Here are 5 fun and productive activities Pakistani teenagers can do this Summer instead of sitting around in their pajamas watching TV all day.
1. Volunteer / intern at a local non-profit
What better way to spend your free time than giving back to the very community you grew up in? Non-profits such as Mashal Model School in Bari Imam, The Edhi Foundation and SOS Village all welcome volunteers with open arms – doesn’t matter if you’re 14 or 40!
Not only is this a way to help the underprivileged population of Pakistan, but it also provides job experience (a future benefit) and teaches you vital skills such as time management.
2. Take advantage of Pakistan’s beautiful hiking trails
Exploring and hiking in the luscious mountains Pakistan has to offer can help one mentally unpack as well as get some physical exercise in a fun way instead of lounging around in pajamas all day!
Trails 3, 5 and 6 of Margalla Hills are family friendly and have many scenic picnic spots to visit with your friends. The Deosai National Park, too, is vibrant with color and hiking there is truly therapeutic, providing peace of mind.
3. Pick up a book
Ah, yes the alien concept of reading. Don’t be too repulsed just yet! There is a lot of good literature out there for teenagers and young adults. Read as much as you can this summer to widen your perspective and see the world from different angles.
Don’t worry I’m not telling you to pick up a Charles Dickens novel, just something slightly entertaining, simple and smart. Keep an open mind and don’t underestimate the new doors a good book can open for you!
4. Register for Model UN
Model United Nations is an event where students can come to talk and debate about global issues, humanitarian welfare and political policies. It’s good to get out of your shell once in a while and try out public speaking, which will boost your confidence in turn.
The 3 to 4 day Model UN conferences take place throughout the year, including in the summer. This is the place to go if you’re passionate about socio-political matters and / or public speaking. Not to mention – a fun extracurricular activity which will give you the platform to voice your opinions and develop your CV.
5. Learn a new skill
This is the time to explore your interests and find your passion whether that be playing the violin or training to be a cricket batsman. You could get into writing, teach yourself how to make home films or enhance your skill of drawing.
Learning a new skill requires dedication but hey – at least you might get the chance to strike something off your bucket list this summer, while you still have the time.
Particular skills can be an outlet for one’s negative emotions and prove to be decent hobbies.
Have anything else to add to this list of activities Pakistani teenagers can do this Summer? Let us know in the comments below!