OUR STORY

Second Tree is a community-led, volunteer-run, grassroots NGO that supports, teaches and learns with refugees across Northern Greece. Our founders were volunteers that independently responded to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in early 2016. They met in Katsikas Refugee Camp and left their old lives to build an organisation that first and foremost treats refugees like humans. Since then, our team of volunteers has grown and we have reached hundreds of refugees through our programs. We currently work in two camps and one Community Centre reaching approximately 2,500 people.

Our work has evolved in three key areas:

Education Through English and Greek classes delivered by qualified teachers. Both programs are approved by the Greek Ministry of Education.

CHILDREN WELL-BEING Through our Scouts program that takes children out of the camp and into local community.

INTEGRATION of the refugees as European citizens through our Integration program.

The overarching goal is to help refugees regain agency through skills-building opportunities. We achieve this through high quality programming and working only with qualified volunteers.

OUR MISSION

To empower individuals with the skills needed to engage in their new community by providing them with access to information, services, and opportunities that strengthen their capacities and ensure that their rights are realised.

OUR VISION

We aim to create a society in which fundamental rights, equitable access to resources and services, and a healthy environment are granted to all and everyone. A society in which all individuals are provided with the tools needed to progress their lives in safety and with dignity.

SECOND TREE takes its name from the following proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.”

Our belief is that it is never too late to take action and work towards making a positive difference in the world.

OUR COMMUNITY OF VOLUNTEERS

Second Tree was founded by a group of volunteers, and volunteers remain the backbone of our organization. Their passion, dedication and creativity are crucial to our activities.

 

Meet our long-term volunteers

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Adriana Romo

Logistics Coordinator
from Madrid, Spain

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Andrea Guiduzzi

Adult’s Teacher
from Bologna, Italy

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Chrysa Kouroukli

Outreach Assistant
from Athens, Greece

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Dina Pasic

Programmes Manager
from Bosnia / Qatar

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Ellie Slade

Children’s Teacher
from UK

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Giovanni Fontana

President
from Florence, Italy

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Holly Dawson

Education Program Manager
from Cheltenham, UK

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James Perry

Volunteer Coordinator
from High Wycombe, UK

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James Pledger

Grants and Fundraising Manager
from Basingstoke, UK

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Leah Whyman

Youth Program Coordinator
from UK

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Lucas Bertoldo

Integration Program Manager
from Geneva, Switzerland

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Our Partners

Second Tree has the privilege of partnering with respected organizations from all over the world.

Find out how we are working together to make a difference.

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