Who We Are
Second Tree (www.secondtree.org, www.facebook.com/SecondTree/) is a Greek non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Ioannina, Epirus. Second Tree was founded in January 2017 by a group of volunteers that had worked together in the Katsikas refugee camp. Since our inception we have worked with and supported refugee communities across the Epirus region and we continue to grow in our four key areas.
To address the absence of extra-curricular, values based activities and empower the young people, we began two programs targeting different age groups: firstly, the Scouts, a flagship project of Second Tree for 10-19 year olds which began in June 2017 and currently operates in the Agia Eleni refugee camp serving 40 children from 11 countries. Secondly, the recently started children’s program for 3-10 year olds at the Mikri Polis Community Centre in Ioannina, where a gap in programming has left that particular demographic unattended to, impeding their learning and the participation of their parents in non-formal education, especially mothers.
We are looking for a volunteer who can proactively contribute to the development and expansion of our youth programs at Agia Eleni and the Mikri Polis Community Centre in Ioannina.
The ideal candidate will possess experience working with children and young people in both indoor and outdoor settings, and will have experience in and/or knowledge of non-formal education activities and approaches.
Candidates with expertise in like-minded programs (Scouts, Child Friendly Space activities etc.) are encouraged to apply.
Knowledge and/or experience working in a similar context (refugee crisis) and with vulnerable children and young people is a strong plus.
The role will include:
At Second Tree we cherish the relationship that every volunteer builds with the people we work with. This is especially true in a refugee context, where gaining people's trust and having a thorough knowledge of their needs is crucial to providing the right support. For this reason, we only offer the position of Youth programs Leader to volunteers that can commit for at least two months.
What We Offer
We have two volunteer houses that can host up to nine people where long term volunteers are accommodated. Some volunteers choose to rent their own accommodation. In certain periods of the year demand is extremely high, and the volunteer houses might be full. If you have the means to pay for your own accommodation, please let us know. We would still be happy to host you if space is available. However, in a situation where the volunteer houses are full, this would allow us to offer a volunteering opportunity to someone that cannot afford to pay rent.
How to apply:
Candidates should send their CV and cover letter to Giovanni Fontana at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Youth Programs Volunteer 06/18” as the subject line.