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A note from Analisa:



My name is Analisa Pines, and I'm a sophomore at College Prep High School. You may know me as the daughter of Catherine Till Pines and Andrew Pines. I have been taking Spanish for more than four years, and over time I have become passionate about the language and culture. This year, I am participating in a summer program with a non-profit organization called Amigos de las Américas (“AMIGOS”). This is a program where young people from different AMIGOS chapters across the Americas volunteer to spend six to eight weeks of their summer to work on projects in Latin America. Along with a deep cross cultural exchange, AMIGOS allows young men and women to improve their leadership skills and work together with people in communities in Latin America in creating and realizing sustainable projects. My personal goals through participating in AMIGOS are to improve my conversational Spanish and to develop into a better leader so I can help my own community more effectively. Although I will not find out where my assigned location will be until late February, I hope to go to Paraguay or Ecuador.

As a participant in AMIGOS, there are all sorts of different projects to be assigned to, from leading classes about health and hygiene to assisting in organizing a community event. My main purpose is to bring community youth and leaders together to start a community-chosen project that they can continue even after AMIGOS volunteers leave at the end of the summer. I will also lead two-hour summer camps each day for local youth. I will live with a host family and will be fully engaged in Spanish and the daily activities of the community. To me, one of the most important aspects of being an AMIGOS participant is the emphasis on the fact that we are NOT "helping" the Latin American communities, but supporting them in their own goals. As a participant, I will help lead a project, but the project itself is community-run. And, I am sure, they will have as much of an impact on me as I hope to have on them.

My family pays a fee which covers the cost of my trip. I am writing to you to ask for a donation. Your donation will help pay for community projects and will help provide financial assistance for families who cannot afford the full family fee. Contributions help pay for paint, cement, seeds, class workshop and training materials, and other needed items. Any amount is greatly valued, but some examples of how your money would be used include: $10 pays for 30 toothbrushes, $45 can buy a water storage tank to provide clean water, and $250 provides seeds for a family garden in over twenty communities.

If you would like to donate to AMIGOS, please click on the “Donate Now” button below or on our homepage ( to access the online donation process. AMIGOS de las Americas is exempt from federal income tax as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions made by donors are tax-deductible.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter, and for considering my request to donate to AMIGOS.


Amigos de las Américas, a non-profit IRS 501(c) 3 organization, Federal TIN 51-0139576.


(Be sure to enter Analisa's name in the "Name of Volunteer" box)