Become an AckerCoach and inspire children for vegetables in Cologne

Acker e. V.

Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Advanced German skills
Discussed individually
Kids & Teenagers
Climate & Nature Protection
Education & Language Support
Health Promotion

About the volunteering opportunity

You are interested in gardening and enjoy instructing children and adults? Then become a volunteer AckerCoach and inspire a young generation for nature and sustainability! 

In our award-winning educational programs GemüseAckerdemie and AckerRacker, school and daycare children grow their own vegetables. They experience where the food on their plates comes from and discover nature with all their senses. The goal: a generation that knows what it eats!  

We at Acker e. V. support the learning sites with advanced training, a wide range of accompanying materials and energetic on-site help. With a growing community of over 400 AckerCoaches, we are already active at more than 1,300 daycare centers and schools throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Are you ready?  

Your Tasks

As AckerCoach you accompany schools and daycare centers through the AckerJahr and provide the participating children, teachers and educators practical knowledge about vegetable gardening. But don't worry: You don't have to be a vegetable professional to become an AckerCoach!

Your commitment 

  • Together with us, you will campaign for more appreciation for nature and food and inspire children and educators with your commitment to healthy nutrition and sustainability. 

  • In a planting workshop, you prepare the educators and their helpers on site for the upcoming plantings.  

  • On one to three planting dates per year, you guide the educators and children at the beds and teach them practical knowledge about vegetable cultivation in a playful way. 

Your harvest 

  • Beaming children's eyes, delicious vegetables and unforgettable experiences await you in the field. 

  • In addition to your qualification as an AckerCoach, you can expand your knowledge of vegetable cultivation and sustainable knowledge transfer in our free training courses and workshops. 

  • For your assignments you will receive a fair expense allowance as an exercise leader allowance (§ 3 No. 26 EStG). 

  • You will receive a written confirmation of your commitment.  

  • You become part of a growing community working together for a more sustainable world and can use it to network.

What's needed

For this volunteering opportunity, advanced German skills are required.

Your requirements 

  • You are enthusiastic about nature and sustainability and enjoy guiding children and adults.  

  • Good organization, reliability and initiative are a matter of course for you.  

  • You have the desire and time to be trained as an AckerCoach at the beginning of the year and during the season.  

  • You have no problem using digital applications and are willing to learn new tools.  

  • You are flexible with your schedule and are available to work regularly during the week from March through October, during the day for 2 to 4 hours.  

  • In due time before your first assignment you submit to us a (free) extended certificate of good conduct. 

  • You comply with the applicable provisions on measles protection according to § 20 para. 8 - 14 IfSG and implement applicable rules for corona pandemic control. 

  • A driver's license and the willingness to travel in your own or from us provided car in your region are advantageous, especially in rural areas.

You can find more about the requirements and the application form on our on or feel free to write us here via with any questions. 

We look forward to getting to know you.

Time required

Discussed individually
On weekdays, during the day

You are flexible in terms of time and can be employed from March to October regularly during the week, during the day for 2 to 4 hours. 


Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen

Acker e. V.

More appreciation for nature and food - this is what Acker e. V. is working for with its award-winning educational programs GemüseAckerdemie and AckerRacker.
Here, children learn where the food on our plates comes from on the school's or daycare center's own farmland.
The non-profit association was founded in 2014 by Dr. Christoph Schmitz. In 2021, the name of the association was changed from Ackerdemia e. V. to Acker e. V.

More about the organisation
Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Advanced German skills
Discussed individually
Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Advanced German skills
Discussed individually