Second Tree

Second Tree provides community-lead, needs-based programs to hundreds of refugees in Northern Greece.

Where is it?

Ioannina, Epirus, Greece

Nearest Airport


About the project

Second Tree currently works at three refugee sites; Katsikas Refugee camp, Agia Eleni refugee accommodation site and Mikri Polis Community Centre in Ioannina, that caters for the urban refugee population.

The project works with refugees from 24 different countries, but the main make-up of the refugee population in Epirus is approximately Syrian, Afghani or Iraqi.

What will I be doing?

You will take part in one or more of the following programmes:

  • English Language Programme
  • Greek Language Programme
  • Teenager Scout Programme
  • Kindergarten

The roles vary depending on what programme you apply for, we value flexibility and a willingness to get involved as much as you can. Many volunteers end up working in at least two programmes. This means that in addition to your main role you have the opportunity to get involved in other areas that may interest you.

Volunteers are expected to be organised and responsible and to take initiative in their work.

What impact would I have?

A big one! Second Tree has been working with the refugee population in Epirus for over 2 years and have built-up extremely strong bonds with the community there.

Who would I be working with?

You will be working alongside other volunteers and team members from diverse backgrounds and countries. Being a small grassroots organisation, it is a close-knit team that highly values open and honest feedback with each other and a good sense of humor.

Minimum Age

18 Years 


For volunteers that stay for at least 2 ½ months accommodation is provided in shared houses. Transportation is provided to and from work.

Minimum time

This varies on nature of role applied for. Normally 8 weeks is the very minimum, unless you are experts in a field that can provide training.

Extra Costs

  • Travel to and from Ioannina
  • The whole team uses FROG Sim cards (so they get free minutes to one another), that can be purchased in Greece upon arrival for €5.
  • Food and drink