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
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There are now 50 Trade School chapters worldwide and counting.

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

  • Indianapolis

    Paper Plates
    for
    How To Advocate For Public Policy Change

  • Toronto

    A Positive Attitude And A Winning Smile
    for
    Yee Haw! Calling All Cowgirls & Cowboys For Country Line Dancing!

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia

    An Open Mind, Friendship, And Gratitude
    for
    Drawing To Music

  • New York

    Drinks To Share
    for
    Solidarity, Justice, And Cooperation, Oh My! Economics For The Rest Of Us.

  • Geneva

    Presence
    for
    How Free Are We Actually?

  • Los Angeles

    A Snack Or Beverage To Share With The Group
    for
    Whittier Teacher Orientation: Teaching With Trade School La

  • Toronto

    A Professional Headshot Photo-Shoot
    for
    Build Great Teams: The Art Of Leadership And Team Dynamics (New Title)

  • Geneva

    Anything Edible (Non-Meat Products)
    for
    Meeting (And Manipulating) People

  • Los Angeles

    2 (Or More) Rolls Of 2" Wide Clear Packing Tape
    for
    Introduction To Tarot

  • Indianapolis

    A Bag Of Powdered Sugar
    for
    Cake Decorating Inspiration & Techniques For Beginners

22,741 people have been in class at Trade School so far.

  • Singapore since 2012

    29 classes
    321 students
    28 teachers

  • London since 2012

    31 classes
    173 students
    28 teachers

  • Cardiff since 2012

    49 classes
    272 students
    47 teachers

  • Guadalajara since 2012

    123 classes
    669 students
    79 teachers

  • Paris since 2012

    110 classes
    292 students
    71 teachers

  • Glasgow since 2012

    43 classes
    362 students
    33 teachers

  • Indianapolis since 2012

    309 classes
    3278 students
    165 teachers

  • Quito since 2012

    222 classes
    1290 students
    201 teachers

  • Norwich since 2012

    141 classes
    482 students
    73 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
    412 students
    45 teachers

  • Dublin since 2013

    50 classes
    280 students
    49 teachers

  • Geneva since 2014

    235 classes
    1051 students
    144 teachers

  • Los Angeles since 2014

    157 classes
    121 students
    97 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
    128 students
    40 teachers

  • Loughton since 2015

    29 classes
    84 students
    26 teachers

  • Sacramento since 2015

    12 classes
    107 students
    15 teachers

  • San Juan Del Sur since 2015

    40 classes
    60 students
    30 teachers

  • York since 2015

    22 classes
    65 students
    23 teachers

  • Dudley since 2016

    39 classes
    58 students
    29 teachers

  • Coseley since 2016

    6 classes
    6 students
    7 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.