TIA began as the brainchild of 21 year old, Australian university student, Tessa Henwood-Mitchell back in 2009 after she had spent time in Bolivia volunteering in a state run orphanage and witnessing the real lack of opportunities that were available to the children and young people in these centres. With no experience or real knowledge of what she was doing, Tessa set about the task of building TIA up into what it has become today. TIA has grown into an exciting and innovative non-profit organisation that is all about empowering youth and inspiring brighter futures. With a team of incredible VolunTIAs and some amazing local staff in Bolivia, not to mention the phenomenal young people that we have worked with over the years, TIA is now not just an organisation, but a family. And with a name that means ‘aunty’ in Spanish; it was only inevitable.