I was feeling a huge desire to do more for the world when I started doing volunteer work. I was not sure how I could contribute to building a more equitable society, and I started to apply for various volunteer programs. I worked with children, young and old. I tried to awaken the best in people using my joy, but I realized that to really make a difference in people’s lives, I needed to have clear purposes that were in line with my values.

Volunteer work was a process of self-knowledge, alignment and mainly of inner development that I went through. As I added people to my projects and followers on my blogs, I started to understand who I was and what motivated me to continue! It was also a process of discipline and dedication. It is not easy to spend your time without paid benefits, you must be persistent and really believe in the strength of the work.

Today I direct, encourage, engage and connect people…I am a “WOMEN CONNECTOR!” This is like the air I need to breathe. It is wonderful to say that I know what my purpose is and that I have the skills to help people learn their purposes. Volunteer work allowed me to meet people and cultures that I would never have imagined, and I know that I surprised many people on this journey.

In my country, I conduct mentoring programs and discuss various topics involving women: domestic violence, female entrepreneurship, post-maternity employability, public policies and others. I am always attentive to any situation of vulnerability or repercussions that any woman may be in. I support diversity and always keep an open mind to include different or even opposite people and thoughts than mine. I can find out a little more about myself every time I experience it.

Then I can share all these experiences with many women. Being a volunteer at Her Nexx Chapter is having a voice for the world! This is my feeling whenever I write a blog and share my ideas and experiences with women who are physically distant, but who feel and experience a reality very close to mine. The feeling of connection is very strong in HNC; it is really commendable to be part of this team.

If you would like to explore joining the team of HNC volunteers, please let us know of your interest here.

Our Her Nexx Chapter Community invites you to join us where women are connecting with each other’s stories, exploring different experiences, and transforming ideas.

The Future of Connection for Women

Ana Paula Fortunato
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