Jakob started volunteering in the Basel Expat Community with BaselConnect (, a volunteer organization promoting collaboration between expats and locals in the Basel region. Here was responsible for city tours, events about Basel and information sessions on Switzerland.

Now his main volunteer work is with CentrePoint ( where he gives German Conversation and Business English lessons and is responsible for a program known as MyPlace where members present their countries .

Under the auspices of the Basel City Office for Diversity & Integration Jakob talks to immigrant communities about Basel and Switzerland. His presentations are called
‘Basel, Small but Cosmopolitan’ and ‘How Switzerland came to be’