The Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation

Volunteer Programmes

For any students keen to take part during their summer holidays, there are opportunities as part of the following projects.

Popli Football Club, Shahr e Rey

Coaching children from the Afghan refugee community as well as locals, this project is so much more than football. Through sport, the boys are instilled with confidence, taught important transferable behavioural skills and empowered to succeed, both on the field and in their studies.

Ultimately we hope this will positively impact their future as adults. During term time the coaching takes place twice a week, increasing to 5 days a week during the summer holidays.

Volunteers need to meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 16 years or above
  • Fluency in spoken Persian
  • Hold FA Level 1 Coaching in Football certificate or previous coaching experience
  • Minimum commitment of 2 weeks
  • Responsible, mature and outgoing

Bachehaye Ma Centre, Kerman

A home for orphaned and abandoned children, this Centre is one large happy family. Children from the age of 4 are nurtured and brought up in a very warm environment to support their healthy development.

Volunteers need to meet the following criteria:

  • Girls aged 16 years or above
  • Minimum commitment of 2 weeks.
  • Willing to teach one of the following: English, IT, Arts & Crafts, Music, Physical Education.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in volunteering. For further information about the projects and how you can get involved please get in touch with us.

One of our wonderful volunteers spent a month of her summer holidays teaching English to the children at a school in Shahre Rey near Tehran, Iran.

Helia in Shahre Rey near Tehran, Iran

” Since my first day of working there, I fell in love with the enthusiasm and commitment the children showed towards learning. Given that I was only 17 years old myself, seeing the amount of effort and eagerness the students showed towards my presence there gave me the valuable lesson of not taking education and its privileges for granted and that will stay with me for a lifetime.”