Second Tree is a community-led, volunteer-run, grassroots NGO working with refugees in Northern Greece. Our name is inspired by the proverb:
“THE BEST TIME TO PLANT A TREE WAS 20 YEARS AGO, THE SECOND BEST TIME IS NOW.”
We believe that it’s never too late to take action and make a positive difference in the world.
Our founders met as volunteers in one of the worst camps in Greece in 2016 (Katsikas Refugee Camp) and decided to leave their old lives to build an organisation that first and foremost tackles the stereotype of treating refugees as villains, struggling heroes or hopeless victims and instead treats them as people.
Their vision resonated with many others and Second Tree has had over 120 team members from all over the world who have donated their time, skills and energy to spread the message that refugees are people.
We work to change the way that society perceives refugees and that refugees perceive society and themselves, through an approach to community engagement that sees refugees as agents of their change and integration.
Team on the ground
Second Tree was founded by volunteers, and volunteers remain the backbone of our organisation.
President from Florence, Italy
Media Policy & Fundraising Director from Bosnia and Qatar
Programmes Director from Cheltenham, UK
Community Engagement and Accountability Manager from Los Angeles, California
Finances and Governance Manager from Milan, Italy
Education Manager from Glasgow, UK
Financial Coordinator from Madrid, Spain
Communications & Fundraising Coordinator from Dublin, Ireland
Community Engagement & Integration Officer from Ioannina, Greece