Selena Gomez

Courtesy UNICEF

Selena Gomez is paying it forward!

The actress just returned from a trip to Nepal, where she traveled to raise awareness for children in need, on behalf of UNICEF.

In a video clip from her journey, the 21-year-old is seen happily playing and dancing with the kids at the Satbariya Rapti Secondary School, and affectionately giving hugs and letting them sit on her lap. The Latina beauty even documented the trip by taking cute selfies on her iPhone with the little ones.

"This visit to Nepal was extraordinarily powerful—at times, devastating and heartbreaking, but also incredibly inspiring," she said.

Selena Gomez

Courtesy UNICEF

"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," the star continued. 

"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."

Selena Gomez

Courtesy UNICEF

The experience certainly had a positive effect on the "Come & Get It" singer. Earlier this week, she posted a smiling bikini pic on Instagram, declaring that she was "taking my power back."

"Can't wait to show you where I've been. I love y'all," she wrote.

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