Trade School is a non-traditional learning space where students barter with teachers.

Anyone can teach a class. Students sign up for class by agreeing to bring a barter item that the teacher requests.

The first Trade School opened in 2010. Trade School is now an international network of local, self-organized chapters.

2010
Feb

There are now 50 Trade School chapters worldwide and counting.

Each chapter coordinates the exchange of knowledge for barter items and services.

  • Quito

    Cinta De Tela De Colores
    for
    Solución En Tus Manos, Reciclarte Consciente

  • Guadalajara

    Lentejas
    for
    Primeros Auxilios Para Mascotas (Sesión 2)

  • Los Angeles

    Tube Of Acrylic Paint (~8 Ounces)
    for
    Pico West Of Fairfax Teacher Orientation

  • Manila

    Dustless Chalk
    for
    Samba Dance Class

  • Geneva

    Gold Paint (Acrylic, Gouache, Oil)
    for
    White Magic & Tantra Workshop

  • New York

    Loose Leaf Tea Is Nice
    for
    Tips, Tricks And Tactics For Audio Editing For Public Radio (Using Reaper)

  • Norwich

    35mm Film
    for
    Make A Matchbox Pinhole Camera

  • Indianapolis

    * A Pledge To Volunteer By Facilitating A Class (We'll Send You Info!)
    for
    Self-Defense 101

  • Indianapolis

    Shareable Homemade Baked Good (Bring The Recipe, Too!)
    for
    Dreamcatchers!

  • Manila

    G-Tech Black (Pen Point 0.3)
    for
    Social Media Marketing

22,759 people have been in class at Trade School so far.

  • Singapore since 2012

    30 classes
    332 students
    29 teachers

  • London since 2012

    31 classes
    173 students
    28 teachers

  • Cardiff since 2012

    49 classes
    272 students
    47 teachers

  • Guadalajara since 2012

    123 classes
    674 students
    79 teachers

  • Paris since 2012

    111 classes
    298 students
    73 teachers

  • Glasgow since 2012

    43 classes
    362 students
    33 teachers

  • Indianapolis since 2012

    308 classes
    3405 students
    168 teachers

  • Quito since 2012

    222 classes
    1298 students
    205 teachers

  • Edinburgh since 2012

    37 classes
    115 students
    23 teachers

  • Croydon since 2012

    17 classes
    50 students
    15 teachers

  • Chihuahua since 2013

    38 classes
    177 students
    32 teachers

  • Athens since 2013

    61 classes
    413 students
    46 teachers

  • Dublin since 2013

    50 classes
    280 students
    49 teachers

  • Geneva since 2014

    257 classes
    1096 students
    158 teachers

  • Los Angeles since 2014

    188 classes
    123 students
    109 teachers

  • Guayaquil since 2014

    29 classes
    169 students
    17 teachers

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia since 2014

    125 classes
    652 students
    76 teachers

  • Pietermaritzburg since 2014

    49 classes
    129 students
    40 teachers

  • Loughton since 2015

    29 classes
    84 students
    26 teachers

  • Sacramento since 2015

    22 classes
    136 students
    19 teachers

  • San Juan Del Sur since 2015

    41 classes
    61 students
    32 teachers

  • York since 2015

    22 classes
    65 students
    23 teachers

  • Dudley since 2016

    49 classes
    96 students
    37 teachers

  • Coseley since 2016

    6 classes
    7 students
    7 teachers

  • Port Of Spain since 2017

    8 classes
    61 students
    8 teachers

This effort is organized entirely by volunteer collectives, sharing skills to create spaces of hope amidst rising tuition costs and unemployment.

If you would like to support us with space, time, Python development, or money, please be in touch.