Our programs allow locals and refugees to learn about each other – integration is a two-way process!
Refugees practice their English and Greek while experiencing the local coffee-drinking culture!
Refugees live in isolated camps away from local life and need community most of all. During our partner’s community meetings, one message was clear: we need to get outside of the camp, we need to meet local people and start talking to them!
Second Tree responded in different ways:
– In 2017 and 2018, Second Tree ran a Twinning Project, funded by the UNHCR and INTERSOS. Participants from the refugee and local community were “twinned” for activities and excursions.
– Since 2019, Second Tree has run language cafes around the local town. The meetups allow refugees and asylum seekers to develop their communication skills in a friendly, relaxed environment.
–Second Tree organizes sports days such as soccer matches with the refugee community and local networks.
Integration is the long-term aim of our work. It’s facilitated through programming and creative community engagement activities!