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.

  • Manila

    Old Magazines (Fashion, Lifestyle)
    for
    Samba Dance Class

  • New York

    Snacks
    for
    Choreography Night

  • Guadalajara

    Aceite De Oliva
    for
    Interiorismo Basico Para Decorar Espacios (3 Sesiones)

  • South London

    Send 10 People That Don't Know About Trade School South London A Fb Link
    for
    Spanish Basics- Vamos!

  • Geneva

    Cv
    for
    Trovare Lavoro A Ginevra

  • Manila

    Locally Made Bath Or Body Care Products Made With Natural Ingredients (Ex. Leyende, Ilog Maria, Lotus Blooms, Etc.)
    for
    Solo Female Travelers Unite!

  • Norwich

    Tea
    for
    Knitting And Crochet

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia

    New Socks Or Unopened Toothbrushes (To Be Donated To Halifax Emergency Shelters)
    for
    Portraiture For Beginners

  • Toronto

    A Copy Of Your Favourite Inspirational Quote
    for
    Kombucha 101: How To Brew Your Own!

  • Vancouver

    Black Eyed Peas (Dry, Not In A Can)
    for
    Introduction To Secular Tarot

21,684 people have been in class at Trade School so far.

  • London since 2012

    32 classes
    173 students
    28 teachers

  • Cardiff since 2012

    45 classes
    250 students
    41 teachers

  • Guadalajara since 2012

    123 classes
    668 students
    79 teachers

  • Paris since 2012

    93 classes
    270 students
    65 teachers

  • Glasgow since 2012

    43 classes
    362 students
    33 teachers

  • Indianapolis since 2012

    252 classes
    3024 students
    141 teachers

  • Quito since 2012

    205 classes
    1233 students
    180 teachers

  • Toronto since 2012

    108 classes
    938 students
    104 teachers

  • Westminster since 2012

    52 classes
    334 students
    54 teachers

  • Norwich since 2012

    119 classes
    427 students
    71 teachers

  • Edinburgh since 2012

    37 classes
    115 students
    23 teachers

  • Croydon since 2012

    17 classes
    50 students
    15 teachers

  • Chihuahua since 2013

    38 classes
    178 students
    32 teachers

  • Athens since 2013

    59 classes
    410 students
    45 teachers

  • Dublin since 2013

    50 classes
    280 students
    51 teachers

  • Geneva since 2014

    220 classes
    1008 students
    137 teachers

  • Los Angeles since 2014

    149 classes
    121 students
    97 teachers

  • Guayaquil since 2014

    29 classes
    169 students
    17 teachers

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia since 2014

    122 classes
    634 students
    73 teachers

  • Pietermaritzburg since 2014

    49 classes
    128 students
    40 teachers

  • Loughton since 2015

    29 classes
    85 students
    27 teachers

  • Sacramento since 2015

    12 classes
    107 students
    15 teachers

  • San Juan Del Sur since 2015

    40 classes
    60 students
    31 teachers

  • York since 2015

    22 classes
    65 students
    24 teachers

  • Dudley since 2016

    20 classes
    34 students
    15 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.