JA Global Marketplace ®- Blended Model

JA Global Marketplace - Blended Model gives students an opportunity to experience the worldwide interdependence of producers, consumers, and the global workforce by playing the role of business owners and managers at the international FreeTrade Market.


JA Global Marketplace is a series of activities recommended for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. The average time for each activity is 45 minutes and the program is delivered to students through an online Learning Management System (LMS).   


To accommodate the variety of technology available in schools, a high-tech and low-tech version of each session is available. The program consists of seven sessions and offers two implementation options—Basic or Advanced.

  •  Basic implementation includes Sessions One through Six delivered by the volunteer.
  • Advanced implementation includes Sessions One through Six delivered by the volunteer and Session Seven delivered by the teacher or volunteer.


All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. JA programs also correlate to state standards in social studies, English, and mathematics, and to Common Core State Standards. 

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
Classroom-Based Middle School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Business ethics, Career exploration, Communication, Cultural awareness in international business, Cultural norms, Culture, Currency, Educational and legal requirements, Exchange rate, Free trade, Immigration, Innovation, Interdependence, International careers, International trade, Migration, Product safety, Production, Quota, Resources, Standards, Subsidy, Tariff, Trade, Trade barriers, Trade embargo, Unethical. Analyze charts and evaluate information, Analyze human behavior, Categorize data, Compare currency buying power, Decision making, Describe how need leads to innovation, Entrepreneurial thinking, Examine resources, Follow instructions, Identify positive and negative traits, Identify business responsibilities, Identify foreign currency, Identify international job requirements, Interpret charts and graphs, Learning a second language, Making customer-based product decisions, Negotiating, Reading a spreadsheet, Reading comprehension, Recognize and apply terms, Recognize consequences of trade barriers, Teamwork, Trading, Using a currency calculator

Program Sessions

Session One: We're All Connected

Students explore how it is possible that inventions and products traded between countries can change the world.

Session Two: Know Your Neighbors

Students analyze cultural differences that can make an impact on international business. They learn through characters at the FreeTrade Market the importance of being culturally aware.

Session Three: Want to Trade?

Students examine how trade works, why countries trade with other countries, and evaluate whether a single country

could be completely self-sufficient.

Session Four: Wide World of Work

Students interview staff and customers at the FreeTrade Market to learn why people leave their home countries to

work elsewhere and what is required to get an international job.

Session Five: Tough Choices

Students explore business ethics and what responsibilities their FreeTrade Market businesses have to customers and employees.