About us


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 people. 

Since then, our team of volunteers has grown and we have reached hundreds of refugees through our programs. We work in two camps reaching approximately 2,500 people.

Our work has evolved in three key areas:

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

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

INTEGRATION of refugees into local life through our community-building activities.

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.  

TEAM on the ground

Second Tree was founded by volunteers, and volunteers remain the backbone of our organisation. 


Meet our long-term TEAM

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“Literally everything I say is worth a quote” – James Perry

Communications Officer from Hertfordshire, UK

“Try to leave this world a little better than you found it and, when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best” – Robert Baden Powell

Logistics Coordinator from Madrid, Spain
Andrea Guiduzzi_Second Tree

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ― Frank Zappa

English Teacher from Bologna, Italy

"When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor." ― John Lennon

Logistics Officer from Milan, Italy
Dina_Pasic _Second Tree

“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

Programmes Manager from Bosnia / Qatar
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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten” ― Neil Gaiman

English Teacher from London, UK

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

President from Florence, Italy
Holly Dawson_ST_TEAM

“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

Adult Program Manager from Cheltenham, UK

“First you get asylum, and then you can get Tinder.” – James Pledger

Volunteer Coordinator from High Wycombe, UK
James Pledger

“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.” – George Orwell

Grants and Fundraising Manager from Basingstoke, UK
Lucas Bertoldo

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” – Albert Camus

Lucas Bertoldo
Operations Manager from Geneva, Switzerland 

We are built on the time, effort and feedback of so many others. Come and meet them! 

Our Partners

Second Tree has had the privilege to partner with respected organisations from all over the world.