Your time and your talent can empower entire communities.


Come with us on one of our trips to meet the people we serve.


Work 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 – all travel on hold due to the global pandemic
  • Ghana – all travel on hold due to the global pandemic

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.


Become an Intern: 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 include U.S. headquarters in Waverly, IA, Ghana, and Nicaragua.

Click here to see more information about US internships.

Find out what it’s like to intern at our offices by reading these posts by former interns.

Learn more Contact Us or call (319) 352-4040.


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? Host a fundraiser online or in your own community! To learn more about how you can spread the word,  Contact Us, call (319) 352-4040, or click here to set up your very own online fundraising page.