COVID-19 – a disease declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization has impacted the global business, economy and the livelihood of people. The education sector has also been largely affected by this outbreak and international students in Australia are facing difficulties coping with the situation on their own, away from their families. Expert Education and Visa Services (EEVS) began offering tailored support to its clients from the time when COVID-19 cases started to grasp Australia. From providing the much-needed counselling and moral support to lobbying and negotiating support packages for international students with educational institutions, government and non-government as well as various community organizations, Expert Education has taken initiatives to identify the underlying issues and impact of COVID-19 on international students and to provide supportive measures.
Always ensuring to fulfil its Corporate Social Responsibility, Expert Education has set up a $200,000 ‘COVID-19 Expert Support Fund’ through Expert Foundation (a charity initiative of EEVS) aimed at alleviating immediate financial hardship and providing the needed support in assisting students. Considering the economic impact of the situation on parents and guardians as well as the international students, Expert Foundation has decided to allocate $150,000 from this fund to international students meeting all the following criteria:
- First arrived in Australia on or after 1st October 2019 and recruited/placed to Australian education providers through our offices, and;
- Must be a current Expert student who has lost their job or never had a job
Grocery-only card worth $300 will be distributed to the eligible students who meet the above criteria.
Registration will be open from 9 am AEST 15th April through to 5 pm AEST 30th April 2020 and distribution will be made from 1st May 2020 onwards. This fund is primarily set up for the most vulnerable group of students who have arrived in Australia in the last 6 months.
The remaining $50,000 will be allocated to various community organizations extending their support to COVID-19 affected international students in Australia. Interested organizations are encouraged to submit their EOI in the link below:
We understand that international students are finding themselves in a difficult and unknown situation dealing with this crisis on their own, away from their family in a foreign land, especially those students who have just arrived in 2020. We firmly believe that the relief packages announced by the states, government and education institutions have provided some support to the international students. At a difficult time like this, we are extending our support and will continue to do so, to the needy clients surpassing the professional level. We have a dedicated team to support and counsel the affected students who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Such unprecedented and challenging times like this require us to have good faith, patience and extend possible support to overcome the crisis. We urge everyone to follow the directives of the Australian government in containing the deadly disease.
Expert Foundation Family
12th April 2020