Login to Swapsity

Forgot your password?


×

Create Your Free Account

I consent to receiving messages from other members in the Swapsity community and internal notifications (e.g. listing expiry, match alerts) that support the Swapsity community.
I would like to receive Swapsity newsletters. [Swapsity community updates, stories, barter tips and more!]
Sign me up for Hot Swap Listings in Toronto. [Newsletter sharing hot and interesting bartering listings in Toronto area]

By signing up, you agree to Swapsity's Terms of Use

×

A Studious Swap

Jul 8th 2010, 08:59, by Swapsity


Mary and Ai both love teaching but are beginning to learn how enriching and fun it can be to suddenly become students through barter. When Ai offered Mary the Japanese lessons she had listed on her WishList, Mary almost passed it up. She didn't think she had anything to offer in exchange and couldn't afford to pay for the lessons in cash.


 

"I was about to say no thanks, until I checked out her profile and noticed she was interested in art lessons," says Mary.

Ai teaches Japanese professionally and often uses images as visual aides in her lessons. Now Mary is teaching Ai how to draw so she can create these examples for her students and illustrate her own book some day. In return, Ai is teaching Mary how to speak and read Japanese so Mary can navigate websites, read books and eventually be fluent.


But the best part of this long-term arrangement, according to Mary, is that the lessons are tailor-made to the students. With both swappers leading busy lives, they're able to exchange customized one-on-one classes at their own pace with the focus aimed at their individual tastes. For instance, their last meeting focused on sketching versus line work, various inking tools and Japanese grammar.

"It's definitely more interactive than following a book on our own," says Mary. "Because having some accountability to the other person means it sort of kicks your butt to actually practice and study!"

 

While Mary has only made one swap so far on Swapsity, she already has one piece of valuable advice. "Don't be quick to turn down an offer and turn the other person away," she says. "In other words, don't be quick to assume the other person doesn't have anything you want and vice versa!"

Comments

No comments available.

Add a Comment

Email addresses are not published or shared.

Reload image

Terms of Service

Copyright © Swapsity.ca, 2014. All rights reserved.

Canada's #1 Swapping Community