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 to 15 people, 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.
  • Integration – through our Scouts programme that takes children out of the camp and into local community.
  • Support – through our kindergarten for refugee children aged 3-10 years old.

The overarching goal is to help refugees regain agency through skills-building opportunities. The first refugees in Greece to pass a Greek Language State exam were our students. We achieve this through high quality programming and working only with qualified volunteers.

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 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.

MEET OUR TEAM

Alexa Markovich

Title: Fundraiser
From: Diamond Bar, California, USA
Quote: “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” – Eeyore

Amaya Andrés

Title: Scout Leader
From: Burgos, Spain
Quote: “A lot of small people in small places, doing small things, can change the world.” – Eduardo Galeano.

Antoine Legat

Title: Scout Leader
From: Brussels, Belgium
Quote: “Think globally, act locally” – David Brower.

Chrysa Kourouklis

Title: Homework Support and Film Club
From: Athens, Greece
Quote: “They will tell you not to shine. And you shine, instead.” – Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Dan Jones

Title: Volunteer Coordinator
From: Harrogate, UK
Quote: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

Dina Pasic

Title: Education Program Manager
From: Tuzla, Bosnia / Doha, Qatar
Quote: “If we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” – Howard Zinn

Giovanni Fontana

Title: President
From: Florence, Italy
Quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosvelt

Holly Dawson

Title: Qualified English Teacher
From: Cheltenham
Quote: “Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.” – Paulo Freire

James Booth

Title: Qualified English Teacher
From: Perth, Australia
Quote:There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

José Ángel “Puche” Pérez

Title: Scout Leader
From: Burgos, Spain
Quote: “No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.” – Robert Baden Powell

Kyle Warren

Title: Fundraiser
From: Diamond Bar, California, USA
Quote: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation will be, look to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin

Lucas Bertoldo

Title: Integration Program Manager
From: Geneva, Switzerland
Quote: “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” – Albert Camus

Paula Reguera Rodríguez

Title: Scout Leader
From: Valladolid-Santander, Spain
Quote: “Leave this world a little better than you found it.” – Robert Baden-Powell

Rubén Raposo Cabello

Title: Scout Leader
From: Valladolid, Spain
Quote: “You have to look deeper, way below the anger, the hurt, the hate, the jealousy, the self-pity, way down deeper, where the dreams lie, son. Find your dream. It’s the pursuit of the dream that heals you.” – Billy Mills

Urszula Pogorzelska

Title: Qualified English Teacher
From: Rzeszów, Poland
Quote: “Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field, I will meet you there.” – Rumi

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