TESTIMONIAL

GOING THE EXTRA MILE: ANNABELLE AND LINDA’S COMMITMENT

Oct 18, 2023 | V.I.E. Blog

Annabelle, a passionate French volunteer started her adventure at Airbus Americas in Herndon, USA, where she found exceptional support from her mentor Linda. Through their cultural differences, Annabelle and Linda’s collaboration exemplifies the dedication and commitment to inclusion within the V.I.E program

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry and a leader in designing, manufacturing, and delivering aerospace products, services, and solutions to customers on a global scale. The team at Airbus Americas reflects the diversity in nationality, promoting responsible, sustainable, and inclusive business practices.

Annabelle started her V.I.E in Herndon, Virginia (United States of America) in September 2022 as a HR Development Project manager at Airbus Americas. After graduating from business school in Rennes and completing exchanges in Spain, Singapore and Indonesia, Annabelle spent over 2 years in the HR consulting industry in Paris. Longing for more international ventures, Annabelle decided to join the V.I.E program.

Linda is an experienced senior level human resources business leader. Over her career at Airbus, she specialized in organizational development and talent management, both locally and internationally. As a leader, she is driven by inclusion and employee growth and translates overall strategic development into concrete changes in operational activities.

“My decision to start with the V.I.E program wasn’t motivated by the desire to find some fun away from home. I’ve been driven by a mix of personal interest, ambition, and professional goals.” Annabelle, HR Development Project manager V.I.E

Beyond the mission, a shared adventure

Volunteering abroad through Business France’s V.I.E program is an exciting opportunity for young professionals to gain valuable professional experience. For Linda, the V.I.E experience isn’t just about a career step or a chance to travel to another country — it’s also an opportunity for cultural immersion and personal growth in order to broaden one’s horizons, building strong bonds within the team, which is beneficial not only for the volunteer, but also for their local colleagues.

This way, They recognize the importance of open communication in bridging cultural gaps. Through frequent and transparent weekly discussions, they navigate their different cultural backgrounds and identify common ground to work harmoniously. This approach not only facilitated effective teamwork but also allowed them to learn from each other’s perspectives and experiences.

“Regardless of what we’re doing and wherever we are, weekly meetings are vital for us to check in, to keep every team member updated on what’s going on. Of course, that includes our V.I.E members, because they’re part of the team as soon as they step in.” Linda, Vice President Develop

Balancing professional experience and personal journey

The V.I.E. program entails more than just professional experience; it also involves adapting to a new country, its customs, and its challenges. Annabelle faced the duty of not only excelling in her role at Airbus Americas but also integrating into the local community. Linda has guided her through these challenges, providing valuable insights and advice on navigating the practical aspects of life abroad. She encourages Annabelle to connect with the V.I.E. network and the company as a whole, leading her to build relationships and embracing opportunities for growth.

Annabelle and Linda’s collaboration showcased the transformative impact of mentorship on volunteer integration. With Linda’s exceptional support, Annabelle is evolving both personally and professionally. Linda’s dedication and guidance resulted in positive outcomes throughout Annabelle’s quest at Airbus, reinforcing the significance of effective support within the V.I.E. program.

“I didn’t expect that I would grow so much. I learn every day, whether it’s at work or through the other projects I’m involved in, the people I meet. It really challenges me to question myself on what kind of person I want to be and what kind of profession I want to pursue.” Annabelle


Annabelle and Linda’s experience is a testament to the unique balance between gaining professional experience and embarking on a personal journey. Their collaboration highlights the importance of going the extra mile to support volunteers’ integration. Annabelle’s mission at Airbus Americas serves as an inspiration for future volunteers and mentors alike, emphasizing the significance of dedication and support in ensuring a successful and fulfilling V.I.E. experience.

 

 

 

 

“I didn’t expect that I would grow so much. I learn every day, whether it’s at work or through the other projects I’m involved in, the people I meet. It really challenges me to question myself on what kind of person I want to be and what kind of profession I want to pursue.” Annabelle

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