International students on Gold Coast facing hardship but too scared to return home | ABC News

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An international student on the Gold Coast says he is on the brink of poverty because coronavirus job losses have forced too many competitors into his regular occupation as a food delivery driver.

Until two months ago, Brazilian Joao Castro was self-sufficient, earning enough delivering app-based food orders to support himself through his English language studies.

He now needs food and rental assistance to stay afloat.

"So many people lost their jobs so they're doing delivery now. It is very crowded," Mr Castro said.

"Sometimes I would do it for 12 hours and earn maybe $30."

Mr Castro's situation is complicated by the fact his student visa will expire next week.

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