Our Story

Our Story

In 2008, Tessa Henwood-Mitchell, a 21-year-old Social Work and International Studies student at the University of South Australia, went to Bolivia through Projects Abroad to volunteer at an orphanage for 4 months as part of her degree. After a few weeks of working at this orphanage and taking note of the lack of funds, resources, and opportunities available not only to the children she’d been working with, but to all disadvantaged children in Bolivia, she made the decision to initiate an organisation to raise funds and implement development projects with the Bolivian population. After returning from this trip in December 2008, Tessa began the process of establishing Tia International Aid, which was officially born in February 2009. Since it’s founding, TIA has grown significantly in size and impact, with over 40 volunteers in Australia joining the team since 2009, and projects impacting almost 300 children and youth directly, and impacting over 1000 people indirectly through the results of our projects.