Education

WHAT WE DO

ENGLISH AND GREEK CLASSES

Specifically designed to meet refugees' needs and taught by qualified, native-speaker teachers.

CHILDREN AND ADULT LEARNERS

From over 10 countries attend our daily classes in three refugee camps in Epirus.

PREPARATION FOR OFFICIAL ACCREDITATION

In English and Greek language. Our students were the first refugees to pass an official language test in Greece.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We can use all kinds of support! Are you a qualified teacher interested in working with us? Can you provide skilled trainings to our staff or community? Do you have time to assist remotely? We would love to hear from you! Get in touch at administration@secondtree.org or help us continue our work by donating.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM

We provide daily English language classes at three refugee sites in Epirus: the Mikro Polis Community Centre, Agia Eleni Refugee Site and Katsikas Refugee Camp. Our students are aged 11+ and come from over 10 different countries.

Our classrooms are spaces that allow refugees to feel human again, regain their agency and re-engage in learning that can help them acquire new skills. With quality at the forefront, the classes are taught by qualified volunteer teachers who follow the Cambridge Empower syllabus.

In addition to learning essential life skills through a new language, we provide our students with the opportunity to prepare for an accredited language test, an essential asset to socio-economic integration in Europe and beyond.

GREEK LANGUAGE PROGRAM

Similar to our English program, our Greek language program, syllabus and approach consider the unique needs of refugee learners, for whom the learning of a language is an urgent life skill. Refugees need to develop the ability to communicate in a European language, and with the majority of those in Greece currently having to claim asylum here, learning Greek is an important first step towards integration. We provide classes for adult learners (aged 15+), delivered by qualified Greek language teachers and specially-designed teaching resources developed by the University of Ioannina, tailored to the specific needs of refugee learners. The program aims to build confidence and help people communicate in their daily life in Greece, while also giving the opportunity to prepare for the accredited language exam of the Greek Ministry of Education.