Tessa is studying at the University of South Australia doing a double degree in Social Work and International Studies, with an associate degree in Languages and Culture Studies (Majoring in Spanish). She has always been passionate about equality and human rights, especially the rights of children. She then volunteered in South Africa and Kenya in 2006, and then worked as a volunteer through Projects Abroad at the orphanage Ciudadela SEDEGES in Cochabamba, Bolivia for 4 months in 2008. This experience drove Tessa to do something more to improve the lives of the children she got to know and love, hence Tia International Aid was born! In 2010, Tessa’s achievements were recognised as she was awarded the 2010 Young Citizen of the Year Award by the Adelaide City Council, and in 2011 she was selected as one of 12 young Australian’s to participate in the Foundation for Young Australian’s ‘Young Social Pioneers’ program. She is also a member of the Steering Group for the YWCA’s Young Women’s Leadership Program.
Kelly Eickhoff – Assistant Director
Kelly has just commenced her fifth year of a double-degree in Social Work and International Studies and is currently undertaking her Honours in Social Work. Kelly has an interest in working with people of different cultural backgrounds and has volunteered with the Australian Refugees Association in the past. Kelly joined TIA after meeting Tessa at university, inspired by the idea of being able to directly make a tangible difference and build on her education and skills in a grass-roots organisation. TIA’s ideals and aims match her own values, and she hopes to see the organisation grow and work in partnership with more communities. After being a general volunteer and the Volunteer Coordinator, is now Assistant Director, helping Tessa to run TIA and generally assist the Executive Committee.
Rattha is originally from Cambodia, and came to Australia almost 6 years ago, where he has completed a Bachelor of Commerce Majoring in Accounting, as well as a Diploma of Business and a Certificate III in Aged Care. He volunteers as the Finance Officer at TIA because he wants to contribute his time, talents and energy to the world we live in. By working with TIA, he feels he has a chance to make a real difference to other people’s lives, regardless their nationalities or cultural and ethnical backgrounds. It also offers him a truly unique experience and gives him a great way to gain some valuable skills, whether professional or practical in broad range of fields.
Julia Parkin – Administration Officer
Julia has a degree in International Studies and Arts and is now in her second year of a law degree at Flinders University. A love of languages, travel and new places has led to her to live a year in France as part of a university exchange and to travel in Europe and, more recently, Colombia. Julia’s experience in Colombia inspired new interest in Latin America which led her to a TIA volunteer meeting in mid 2010 where she got caught up in the energy and enthusiasm of Tessa and her team. Previously Events Coordinator, Julia has now made the move to Administration Officer.
Laura Button – Volunteer Coordinator
Sharee Morley – Event Coordinator