BRIDGING THE GAP
Helping international students bridge the financial gap as they maneuver the post-pandemic complexities of living and studying in Victoria.
One in five residents in Melbourne’s CBD are international students, bringing a vibrant and multicultural society.
International students injected almost $40 billion into the Australian economy in 2018-19, making it our largest service export, supporting more than 240,000 jobs and lifting the living standards of all Australians .
$1 million of economic activity is generated for every three international students studying in Australia .
During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, international students were simply told “it’s time to go home” forcing many to make the impossible decision: abandon their studies and their future, or stay and try to make it work with no support and record job losses.
Many international students were forced to work in cash-in-hand jobs, making them ineligible for any kind of financial support
Financial grants available to international students has been minimal at best, with
Food relief services and charities are supporting international students with material
aid, but students now face becoming ‘illegal’ due to non-payment of educational fees, impacting their visa status.
To support international students in Victoria, who have fallen through the cracks of mainstream grant programs during the COVID19 pandemic.
To ensure international students realise their academic ambitions in the aftermath of Covd-19.
We ourselves are international students and recent graduates who joined together to help fellow international students impacted by Covid-19.
We’ve faced similar struggles - losing jobs and unsuccessfully applying for grants from the government, universities, charities and other relief agencies, and wanted to help.
We view international students as an accomplished cohort who have shown resilience in the face of incredible hardship, alone and separated from family and friends, losing jobs and income with little or no support. We see the potential they have to convert their educational and life dreams into reality while adding to their local community.
We are forthcoming about how we support international students that have fallen through the cracks, and ensure that every dollar raised (excluding the Chuffed transaction fees) goes towards supporting international students.
All funds raised will directly support international students and their immediate financial needs to maintain their education and receive the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential despite the challenges imposed by the pandemic.