Selena Gomez took to her Instagram this week to reveal that she had been in Kenya for a ten days. She was on a private charity mission hosted by the WE Foundation, which is an educational partner operating on collaborative programs globally.

She was cryptic about the trip’s purpose, however in a series of photographs, she posted, she said, “I will share so many of these stories and voices. Voices that need to be heard. We are working on something so special that will hopefully change so many lives. This is all I can post for now. @wemovement you do INCREDIBLE things and I’m honored to be a part of the family! Just the beginning…my heart will be dedicated to people and serving.”

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This is not Gomez’s first time creating projects that have served others, earlier this year she executive produced the Netflix six-part documentary series, Living Undocumented, which followed the lives of immigrant families living undocumented under the Trump administration.

Gomez, who comes from an immigrant background herself, felt the importance on another level saying, “I hope to see change.”

Gomez also produced the first season of the hit Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, which although was controversial was credited to sparking conversations about teen mental health and suicide.

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Selena’s friend, Raquelle Stevens, also accompanied her on the trip and took to her Instagram to talk about the trip. “During one of our afternoons, we had the opportunity to bead jewelry with a group of local mamas. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, we had the best time together and were able to connect through eye contact, smiles, laughter, and hugs,” she wrote.

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Spent the week in Kenya with @selenagomez & the most amazing team @wemovement. I will forever remember the beautiful people we met. I learned so much and was reminded that no matter where I am whether at home or anywhere in the world the greatest gift in life is being able to connect with people. I was again reminded that no matter where we live or what our background is we are all connected through our humanity. During one of our afternoons we had the opportunity to bead jewelry with a group of local mamas. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, we had the best time together and were able to connect through eye contact, smiles, laughter, and hugs. We also visited two of the WE schools. The secondary girls school and the WE college where we were moved by the stories we heard, and inspired by the intelligent, confident girls we got to spend time with. I learned that attending secondary school is a huge privilege with only 41% of girls attending. The girls we spoke with are so grateful for the opportunity to learn and we need to see this number increase. I will cherish these moments and all the other moments had during this past week. I leave remembering that we all want the same things. That is to be seen. To love and be loved. And to live in a world where we all have the access we need to achieve our dreams, build a life we are proud of, and to leave a better world for future generations. ❤️

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On top of all that, Gomez is releasing her first studio album in four years, Rare, which is out January 10.