INSTAGRAM – This week's #FathomInstatrip asked the question: How do you give back to the world around you?
It turns out, you give back a lot. We were blown away by your powerful images — images that were singularly inspiring and telling. These snapshots are only a reminder of the power everyone has to change a village, a school, and even the world.
InstaTrip is a Sunday roundup of the best Instagram photos of the destination or travel theme we're featuring that week. Next up: Great Explorations. Tag your best Instagram photos of your adventures around the world with #FathomInstatrip before Friday. We'll publish the best ones we find on Fathom.
In Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. "Most kids in the villages I'm in don't have mirrors or any photos of themselves (or anything). So they were obsessed with seeing their image. I sat and didn't even take photos but just showed them their faces and watched them light up. Here's a quick shot I did take."
"This adorable little guy was snapped at the Bifengxia Panda Base near Chengdu in China. The protection of this endangered species is hugely important. Could you see yourself contributing to conservation efforts as an animal care volunteer in China?"
Relief Riders International travels throughout India, providing medical care, educational supplies, and livestock to below-poverty-level villagers in Rajasthan. Along the way, they found "Herodotus in India."
Local Alike is a community-based tourism platform in Thailand that connects locals with travellers looking for meaningful and authentic experiences. On a pretty day "under the blue sky and beautiful clouds, Local Alikers enjoy picking seashells."
While traveling the world on volunteer programs, Projects Abroad captures a child blowing bubbles. "Amazing how much joy this simple act elicits from kids all over the world!"
A month spent on a Marine Dynamics project with white sharks included lectures with marine biologists and excursions to South Africa's Shark Alley, Geyser Rock, and Dyer Island. What could be terrifying to many was fascinating to Mille. Her goal? "To reverse the stigma that has hurt sharks more than sharks can ever hurt humans."
Bethany Knapp just came back from a mission trip to Ethiopia and was blown away by how there can be "so much brokenness yet so much beauty in one little neighborhood."
Tambourines and smiling faces are what contributing editor Stephanie March one a OneKid OneWorld mission to Kenya. Their mission? "To make a difference in the lives of children in need around the globe. One world, one school, one kid at a time."
Sierra Club hosted a people march for climate change in New York City's Times Square.
"Sometimes, the best way to change the world is to live extraordinarily in what looks like an ordinary existence — to radically love and serve those around us every day, no matter where we are." Another moment from Yonathan Moya's trip to Havana.
"There's a better way to holiday — a vacation to save endangered animals all over the globe!" The Great Projects offers volunteering experiences and eco-tours that let travelers get up close and personal with wildlife.
"From the National Equality March in 2009, when only six states had marriage equality and we knew a hard battle was in front of us, to five years later when 27 states and one district have full marriage equality. It was a great honor to volunteer at that march, to volunteer for love and justice and equality." Cat Litten looks back to her most inspiring moment.
"For 35 years, it was a dream in the making. Today, founders Don and Deyon Stephens board the Africa Mercy Ship after a day off the shores of Congo." Children often die from treatable causes in the poorest African countries. Mercy Ships sails hospital ships to these regions to provide first-rate medical care that saves lives.