Hi there, I’m not really sure if this will work but it is my last resort and I’m running out of ideas what to do so here goes.
I’m Hannah and I’m 26, originally from the UK, but currently living in Australia. Long story short I am in crippling debt, Im struggling to find a job, I’m barely making rent, I can’t afford a flight home and am in desperate need of help.
But here is how i ended up in this position.
I made the decision to up my entire life and move down under after a painful break up left me broken and feeling like I had nothing. So I quit my job as a preschool teacher and decided to travel, I spent the first 3 months of my trip volunteering all across south east Asia, helping to build schools and teaching English and in turn they began to help rebuild my broken heart. I gained a sense of purpose again and with that I decided I was ready to take the next step in rerouting my life, and made the choice to move to Australia.
This is where my problems started. With it being such a spur of the moment trip, I hadn’t really planned ahead with getting work, accommodation etc I’d just taken word of mouth from others that it’d be easy to find once I was there. How wrong I was. My first thought was to try and get a job in teaching however unfortunately my degree (Education studies) does not transfer over to Australia and so my qualification doesn’t count, a 3 year degree that I can apparently only use in the UK. I then decided to get a job as an Au Pair however an environment that at first was amazing, quickly turned sour. I would work every hour of the day for this family, making sure their kids were well looked after and enjoying themselves, I would cancel plans to help them, I would get up for them in the night when the baby would cry, however it was never enough. They would create extra tasks constantly so that I never had a break, I was forced to stay and watch tv with the mother at night and be her ‘friend’ instead of exploring Sydney when I planned to, I was beck and call for this family yet they would still withhold my pay because I ‘wanted to go for a drink with a friend and not stay in with them’. I knew I needed to get out, but by this point I had been travelling for 4 months using most of my savings, and having very rarely been paid by the family, had little in AUD to fall back on either.
So I got a second job. And for a few weeks things seemed to get back on track and having the extra work helped with the escape from the family, but then that also all came crashing down on me when I received the message that the restaurant was closing effective immediately due to financial issues. And I received no pay for the 3 weeks/48 Hours that I had worked for them. Just another crushing blow.
I then received another job offer for a sales role, and I was overjoyed as it meant I could finally escape the family, have my freedom back and enjoy my experience. So I found a flat and began working. At first everything seemed great, and then just as I was reaching the end of my 2 week training period, the company said that they would ‘have to let me go’ along with the 5 other trainees, due to low need for employees, and that training is not paid. I was then left in an even worse situation with no job, no income and rent to pay. So I made the rash decision to increase my overdraft limit on my UK travel account in order to keep paying rent. Within the space of 2 days I applied for 137 jobs, none of which got back to me or the ones who did couldn’t accept my visa type. In the midst of this I lost my other bank card without realising (as i rarely used that one) so by the time I realised I had been rinsed of my remaining £900 through card copying and scammers, and unfortunately as this happened in abroad and without me noticing immediately, there is apparently nothing they can do about it.
At this point I was in one overdraft by £750, my other had been rinsed and I was in that by £1500, I had no Australian income and $275 worth of rent to pay each week. I was getting in to panic mode, my job applications were up the roof yet I was still struggling to find a way out. So I applied for a payday loan (£200) to help me with one weeks rent to bide me some time.
I am currently still struggling to find a job, in the last week I have been to 12 interviews but am yet to get a job either due to my visa restrictions or my degree not being accredited. I’m also now in danger of falling behind on my loan fees, overdraft fees and my rent.
I have reached breaking point and feel like I am in this hole that I just can’t get out of, and instead keep getting more and more trapped. I’m stuck in a foreign country, with no job, no friends and no money and all I want to do right now is go home, go back to my secure job and family. If there is anyone out there who would be able to help, even just the slightest, I would be forever grateful. I just want the opportunity to build my life back up again and get myself out of this financial disaster.
In short, I’m a prime example of backpacking gone wrong. I own up to my mistakes and take full responsibility, but right now, all I want to do is go home and I need your help in doing that.
Thanks In advance,