Amelia Rayte Dunwell
59 Merrivale Avenue
Jamaica, West Indies
December 2, 2003
Alianza de Ayuda
15 Calle de las Brisas
San Juan, Puerto Rico
(809) 555-3279 (fax)
Dear Mr. Reparar,
I was reading the New York Times on the Web this morning, and was very impressed by an article describing your and Alianza de Ayuda's contribution to the restoration efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Bonnie. Having experienced more than a few hurricanes here in Jamaica, I am quite familiar with the desperate situation you are in at the moment. I would like to offer my expertise in architecture or construction, and am writing to inquire whether your association has any positions available.
For the past three years I have worked as an architect at David Dunwell, my family's contracting firm in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I graduated from the University of the West Indies in Barbados in 1990 with a degree in Engineering, and studied architecture in the United States at New York University. In addition, I have experience with both non-profit groups and disaster assistance: during my studies in the US, I participated in several Habitat for Humanity projects; and after Hurricane Hugo, my entire family donated our services to neighbors affected by the storm.
Though I enjoy working in Jamaica, I would like to broaden my horizons. I think that working for a project like yours would be a great way to both expand my skills and contribute something to the Caribbean community. I do have some knowledge of the Spanish language, and am eager to learn more. If there is a position available at Alianza de Ayuda, I do hope that you will consider me. I have enclosed a copy of my resume, and a letter of reference from a manager at Habitat. In any event, thank you very much for your time and good luck with your project.
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