FAQs EssKulturWandel

Who is EssKulturWandel for?

You work with food and want to take responsibility and learn more? EssKulturWandel is for everyone who’s involved with and wants to change our food system. No matter if you’re in agriculture, in the kitchen, in a bakery or in any other food craft: You can help shape an EssKulturWandel! No matter if you are an apprentice, employee or self-employed. If you would like to go on a practical exchange between March and June and participate in person in Berlin from 11-15 May, then apply now!

Why should I encourage someone from my team to participate in EssKulturWandel?

They’ll have the chance to take part in Germany's first interdisciplinary training for people in the food sector! EssKulturWandel offers a unique, free program with comprehensive topics, facilitated by experts and in a small group of participants. Your employee will gain access to a cutting-edge network and bring a wide range of knowledge and skills back to daily work and into your team.

What are key dates of EssKulturWandel?

Click on the registration link above and apply online. You’ll be asked to share your motivation for participation, as well as your preferences for the practical exchange. Applications are open until March 13th, and we’ll get back to you by March 16th.

The practical exchanges can take place from March 21st to June 5th and we’ll agree on exact dates individually. The impulse days will be in Berlin from May 11-15. Both elements are compulsory. On June 5th, we will have our online closing event!

Can I only participate in the impulse weekend or the practical exchange?

EssKulturWandel is designed as an interdisciplinary, holistic training, so both parts are compulsory. Please make sure that you can be present at the impulse days as well as have a few days up to several weeks for the practical part. If you’re in doubt about that, check with us!

How long is the practical exchange and am I insured during it?

The exchange will be arranged individually for each participant. Firstly the in-taking businesses specify a reasonable length depending on the season and their operations. Anything between 2 days and 4 weeks is possible. 

The practical exchange is not an employment. Accordingly, you are not entitled to social security benefits (health insurance, long term care insurance, pension insurance). Accident insurance however will be covered by the organization that you visit during your exchange.

How do I find out where I will do my practical exchange?

When you register, you share both the sector you come from and indicate where you’d like to do your exchange: such as agriculture, kitchen, bakery or another food trade. We will then match you with a member in our network and then support you with the practicals, such as exact dates, travel and accommodation.

What costs should I expect?

Thanks to funding from the Berlin Senate Department for the Environment, Mobility, Consumer and Climate Protection, participation in the training is currently free of charge for you. We can cover travel costs to the place of your exchange up to 150 €.

Does participation count as working time?

Ideally, your employer will see your participation as regular working time.