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 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.  


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 


“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

Adult’s Teacher from Bologna, Italy
Chrysa Kouroukli

“They will tell you not to shine. And you shine, instead.” – Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Outreach Assistant from Athens, Greece
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
Ellie Slade_Second Tree (1)

“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."

Children's 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

Education Program Manager from Cheltenham, UK
James Perry_Second Tree

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.” – Isaac Newton

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
Leah Whyman_Second Tree

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life“ — Charles Darwin.

Youth Program Coordinator from Tewkesbury, UK
Lucas Bertoldo

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

Lucas Bertoldo
Integration Program Manager from Geneva, Switzerland 


Find out more about those who make Second Tree possible by working on the ground with us. Here’s to our volunteers’ community!

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.