Your time and your talent can empower entire communities.


Join us on a trip to meet and share your skills with the people we serve.


Intern with us to build life-long relationships and memories.


Encourage others to help our cause through various event opportunities.


Host a Fundraiser Event

Connect with us to learn how you can support Self-Help International by hosting a fundraiser event.

Join a cultural immersion trip

Come with us on one of our trips to meet the people we serve (once a year to each country). Upcoming trips: 

  • Nicaragua, Nov 16 – 23, 2017 (tentative)
  • Ghana, February 2017 (dates TBD)

Share your skills abroad

Periodically, Self-Help will offer extended trips to those who have a specific skill and are interested in sharing that work with our staff members in Nicaragua or Ghana.

To learn more about travel opportunities, Contact Us or call (319) 352-4040.



Self-Help domestic internships require a 12-week commitment, and international internships require a 16-week commitment. Students interning for Self-Help may receive academic credit with partnering colleges and universities.

Internships are unpaid. Travel and living expenses for overseas internships cost $2,000–$3,000 for the duration of the stay. We encourage students to seek funding through their school and individual fundraising.

Internship locations:

  • U.S. headquarters in Waverly, IA
  • Ghana
  • Nicaragua

To learn more about our internships,  Contact Us or call (319) 352-4040.

Current U.S. positions available for Fall 2017 (click for more info):

Graphic Design Intern

Communications Intern

Finance/Accounting Intern



Become an ambassador

Advocate for those we serve by speaking to churches and civic groups in your community and around Iowa and across the country.

Host a house party

Excited about the work of Self-Help and want to share it with your friends? Host a house party — whether it’s coffee and dessert or a full on meal — to teach others while having some fun! Iowa residents are encouraged to request a Self-Help Staff member to join, and they will happily present to your friends.

Attend an upcoming event

Our list of events is growing. Check them out!

Request a speaker

Wanting to engage your community around you? Whether it be at a library, church, school, or home,  a Self-Help staff member can speak at your event.

Become a fundraiser

Are you a motivated self-starter? Contact us to learn more about how you can host a fundraiser in your community to support the programs of Self-Help.

To learn more about how you can spread the word,  Contact Us or call (319) 352-4040.