Exchange programme

What is thenetworkone exchange programme?

thenetworkone Exchange Programme is a great member benefit, which gives employees the opportunity to spend time in an agency abroad. The programme lets participating agencies benefit from a cultural, ideas and skills exchange, forging links and professional friendships that would not otherwise have existed. Additionally, it’s a great reward for staff and a significant incentive to offer. The programme also helps with staff retention, giving your employees the opportunity to travel whilst learning, returning with new skills and knowledge.

How does it work?

thenetworkone matches similar member agencies who’d like to participate in the exchange programme. We carefully select the agencies involved in terms of capabilities, experience and company culture, in order to provide the best experience for our travellers, and to ensure they can perform a similar role within their host agency.

(Employees are paid as usual by their agency. Flights and accommodation are also paid by the sender agency, although it may be possible to swap homes in a two-way exchange. If an agency would like to host an employee but is not able to send one away in exchange, it’s possible to do a ‘one-way’ exchange programme, if approved by the sender agency.) OR (For any logistical questions, please download our FAQ’s)

Feedback from past exchangers

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Chis d’Arbon, Creative Director of DDI, Australia, exchanged agencies with Yannick Labbé, Creative Director of Grabarz & Partner, Germany, for several weeks. Of the experience, they said:

Yannick: “I’ve had a great team, they were very welcoming… DDI in Australia is smaller than Grabarz, so it’s much more of a hands-on experience. That was very cool because I got the feeling that I got things moving.”

Chris: “It’s been cool, not just from a work perspective but from a life perspective too. You’re living in an apartment, you get public transport to work, you’re living…It’s a great thing to be a part of: connecting people, agencies, creatives, lives and stories that otherwise would never have come in contact with each other.”

Ahmad Bataineh, Digital Account Manager at Red Impact in Saudi Arabia, spent a month working at McGarrah Jessee in Austin Texas. Here’s what he thought:

“I just finished an amazing month as part of the exchange program… I would like to thank thenetworkone for providing me an opportunity to experience life in an ad agency in a different country.  I have enhanced my knowledge and built new friendships with amazing people at McGarrah Jessee.”

If you’d like to participate in thenetworkone exchange programme, please email Stephanie: