Here's a short orientation to get you situated.

How Trade School works


After you submit your class idea, when you'd like to teach, and what you want in exchange for teaching, Trade School Pietermaritzburg organisers will review your submission. If your submission is approved, it will be posted on the website for students to sign up. On the day of class, you will meet your students at Trade School, receive your barter items, and enjoy the class.

Your class

Your class can be about anything and can be structured in any way you like. Just be sure that you feel comfortable setting the tone and sharing information. You are in charge during your class! We find that students want to get to know each other, so classes work best with break-out groups, work in pairs, and lots of student participation.

Your barter items

Think of the barter items you ask for as a giant wish list. Make it as long and as creative as you can. Look at the lists other teachers have made (including in other Trade Schools) for ideas. This is a way for students to get to know you, or to begin learning about your topic before class begins. Try to ask for items that emphasise things like skills and time (like research, advice, tips, help cleaning up, a dance class, enthusiasm) rather than things, but home-made items or second-hand items (think books!) are also good. You can also ask to be surprised!