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As a coach, you'll get the opportunity to meet students and help them become changemakers for sustainability. Here, Sebastian and Amarin from the Rhetorikforum Zürich are teaching presentation skills.

What to expect?

By coaching an interdisciplinary challenge team you will be able to apply and improve your coaching skills while advancing sustainability.
rootlinks is a non-profit student organisation active across all Zurich universities. Our learning journey empowers students to become changemakers for sustainability. During weekly workshops the student teams learn about systemic design, practice teamwork, and reflect on their personal growth. Simultaneously, they will be working on a real-world sustainability challenge applying their learnings.

What we offer

Skills & Experience

Through expert inputs, workshops and talks you get to learn a broad set of skills  complementary to the standard university curriculum. By supporting a team, you will gain hands-on coaching experience.

Inspiration & network

By accompanying the teams through the learning journey and challenge work, you get the opportunity to set (a part of) the stage for a diverse and highly interested group of people. Also, you will have the chance to exchange with many inspiring people and build a network in sustainability.

Improve your Coaching

By guiding through the learning journey and challenge work, you get the opportunity to set (a part of) the stage for the diverse and highly interested group of people you accompany.

Meaning & Fun

You will get to do meaningful work on a real-world challenge - independent of your studies. Next to all the learning and hard work, we will make sure that your time at rootlinks is fun and enjoyable.

To summarize: You would be the one supporting the team in the Systemic Design process. Also, you would facilitate their personal development journey by having an open ear and checking in regularly. Besides, you get to meet a group of awesome people and have a great time!

Time commitment

The time commitment is around 4 hours per week from 5th October to 22nd December 2021. This includes:

  • Participating at the weeklinks (around 2.5 hours each wednesday evening)

  • Supporting the challenge work of your team at the weeklinks

  • Checking in with the challenge partner (regularly)

  • Coordinating with the other coaches (regularly)

In addition to that, you will need to:

  • Participate at the coaching workshop before the program

  • Attend the kick-off weekend at a holiday house in Wädenswil

After the weeklinks, we can enjoy the rest of the evenings together with some food and drinks provided by rootlinks.

Here is an overview of the important dates:

  • Kick-off weekend in Wädenswil: 2nd October, 9 a.m., to 3rd October, 5 p.m.

  • Weeklinks (weekly meeting at Student Project House in Zürich): every Wednesday from 5th October to 22nd December 2021, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with food and drinks afterwards

  • Final presentation and Glühwein night: Wednesday, 22nd of December evening from 6 p.m.

To make sure that the teams are optimally supported, we ask you to keep all these dates free in your calendar.

What you bring

  • Basic knowledge of Systemic Design

  • Motivation to engage in the Learning Journey

  • Interested in communication and personal growth

  • Ability to think critically and ask the right questions

Ideally, you would have:

  • Coaching/Tutoring experience

  • Extensive knowledge of systemic design

Here, you'll find more information on the rootlinks Learning Journey. There's also a Q&A section. If you have any further questions, feedback or ideas, we're most happy to hear from you at


Petrissa Eckle

Executive Director, Sustainability in Business Lab (

Rootlink’s approach of linking students from different disciplines and universities is a great way to develop truly innovative ideas and impactful solutions - so I am confident that rootlinks can help companies, non-profits and public institutions with their sustainability challenges.”


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