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About International Foundation for Education & Self-Help

The International Foundation for Education & Self-Help (IFESH) is a nonprofit, charitable organization that works to improve living conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The International Fellows Program was established in 1987 to give college graduates and graduate students the chance to work with an international development organization in Sub-Saharan Africa. To date, the program has places more than 176 Fellows in 28 countries. The program is funded by grants from the United States Agency for International Development, The World Cocoa Foundation and other donors. IFESH organizes programs aimed at reducing hunger and poverty, increasing literacy, providing health care and fostering increased cultural and economic relations between Africans and Americans.

Fellows are placed with an international non-governmental organization such as Save the Children, Africare, UNICEF or CARE and take part in community-based development activities. All IFESH fellows participate in a one-week training and orientation session in Phoenix, Ariz., prior to departure. Teachers, professors and administrators may also participate in the International Educators for Africa program where they spend one academic year improving the quality of education in African countries. Assignments may include conducting teacher training workshops, developing learning modules, policy development, administrative management, adult literacy programs, HIV/AIDS and health education awareness, early childhood development and ESL training, among others.


Open to recent college graduates and graduate students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Professionals interested in the International Educators for Africa program must have at least three years of experience in the areas of primary education, teacher training, ESL/TOEFL, policy development, gender equity, curriculum development or information technology.

International Foundation for Education & Self-Help

Chair, Selection Committee
International Foundation for Education & Self-Help
International Foundation Edu. and Self-Help
5040 East Shea Boulevard, Suite 260
Scottsdale, AZ 85254-4687
Phone: (480) 443-1800


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students