The V.I.E (Volontariat International en Entreprise) is a French program dedicated to helping young French professionals expand their skills through cross-cultural experiences (including business endeavours in Australia).


This program is jointly organised by Business France (French Trade Commission), as well as The Australian section of the “CCEF” (the Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France). Every two years, Business France and the CCEF organise a V.I.E Grands Prix, which is a fantastic competition which assesses and awards the program’s most outstanding candidates.

The Polyglot Group’s CEO, Corinne Bot, has been a board member of the CCEF since 2001, and therefore Polyglot Group has always made a point to sponsor the VIE Grand Prix. Since the very first Australian VIE Grand Prix in 2011, Corinne Bot has played a key role in organising each competition, and this year was no exception!

We were proud to see the Fourth Edition of the Australian V.I.E Grand Prix Award Ceremony take place on the 24th of November 2016, in the beautiful NSW Parliament House in Sydney. This ceremony celebrated the 11 finalists, who had previously impressed the judges with their reports and pitch.

The 140 attendees proudly watched on as this year’s 4 winners were announced:

  • Valentin Bouteiller, Sydney, NSW
  • Melanie Revellat, Canberra, ACT
  • Nicolas Seguy, Melbourne, VIC
  • Galaad Le Corre, Adelaide, SA


Each candidate had been selected for their outstanding presentation, their ability and willingness to flourish in a new company and culture, their achievement of personal objectives, and their proactive management skills.

The awards included a cheque (ranging from $2000 to $500), a trophy, a $75 voucher from Franck Provost and a $100 voucher from Decathlon.

As supporters of budding business leaders and true believers in the value of intercultural exchange, The Polyglot Group looks forward to continuing its support of the VIE in the future.
We would like to sincerely congratulate all of the participants in this year’s Grand Prix, and we wish all candidates the best of luck with their future endeavours!

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