If you want to do something truly fulfilling with your downtime in India, consider volunteering for a charitable institution. Your choices for doing so are vast. Charities handle every section of the needy in Indian society, and some even cater to animals. You’re sure to find a worthy cause that fits your interests.
Doing charity work and getting hands-on experience in giving allows you to empathize with India’s people and view its idiosyncrasies with more equability. Many institutions (including the world famous Missionaries of Charity founded by the diminutive nun from Albania, Mother Theresa, for the poorest of the poor) offer a chance to do volunteer work for short stints or at regular intervals. Look around and see what suits you best. Are you ready to give your time to the elderly by sitting and talking with them and listening to their reminiscences? Are you good with children? Visit www.charityindia.org/charity_org.asp for ideas and tips on getting started.