Selena Gomez traveled to Nepal May 20-23 as an ambassador for UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund). Now the pop star is sharing photos and memories of what she describes as a "powerful" trip.

In a press release sent to the media by UNICEF, Gomez recalled what she saw and learned on her trip to the country. "This visit to Nepal was extraordinarily powerful—at times, devastating and heartbreaking, but also incredibly inspiring," writes Gomez. "At first when you witness children living in extreme poverty you wonder how it is possible that they can be deprived of their basic human needs and rights. Then you talk to these children and you see hope, promise and a bright future. This generation of children believes they can make a difference, and they take action. It starts with quality education and leadership opportunities, like those UNICEF is providing. I'm so proud to serve as a UNICEF Ambassador and be part of a greater movement to help the world's children."

Gomez visited and interacted with several groups of people during her time there, including the children of Satbariya Rapti Secondary School, members of the Female Community Health Volunteers in Gangaparaspur Village, the women of the Paralegal Committee, the Gender-Based Violence Watch Group in Harpur Village, members of the Dokrena/Khaira Village and also the village of Kohalpur.

In regards to the kids of the Satbariya School, she says, "It was amazing to learn from these young boys and girls about how they are influencing their peers as well as adults on issues that have an impact on their lives. Many of the children I talked to expressed a desire to be future leaders in their society, and I was moved to hear them emphasize the importance of education."

At the end of the day, Gomez says she felt inspired and optimistic for the future after meeting so many children who have endured hardships. "The children of Nepal have taught me that with a lot of passion, optimism and hard work, anything is possible. That's the message I would like to convey to young people across the world: Believe in your dreams and pursue them."

Gomez also took to Instagram to share some photos of her interacting and smiling with the children of Nepal.

We are so glad that Selena has become such an inspirational figure for young women everywhere. Keep up the good work!