About us

Our Team

CTL Ireland is an educational organisation founded by intercultural learning experts Anton Kieffer and Aisling Meade. CTL is supported by a small multidisciplinary team of professionals who are passionate about learning mobility, international education and intercultural exchange.

CTL Ireland is based in the friendly and vibrant city of Cork in the south of Ireland and runs programmes nationwide. Our connections with communities, projects, institutions and local experts allow us to design programmes that meet the needs of our overseas partners and participants.

Who we are: a passionate, experienced and diverse team

When you choose CTL Ireland you are tapping into a dedicated, creative and hardworking team. Founders and leaders Anton Kieffer and Aisling Meade have years of hands-on experience in learning mobility and experiential learning. We both have travelled extensively around the world and are truly passionate about what we do. We want to share our passion for Ireland and the Irish culture with your participants.

How we work: personal service & attention

All our partnerships and programmes are directly managed by one of our directors. We are proud to offer the expertise and experience that you can find in a large organisation together with the personal attention from senior management that only a smaller organisation can have. We believe in creating trust, accountability, and friendship with our local and international partners. We’re big enough to deliver and small enough to really care!

We are recruiting a Programme Administrator, click here to find more.

Anton Kieffer

Director

Originally from France, Anton has been living in Ireland for more than 12 years. Before settling in Cork - Ireland’s second city - Anton lived and worked around the world, spending extended periods of time in Latin America and West Africa where he worked in the field of development and youth empowerment. In France, Anton co-founded two youth organisations focusing on global and development education. Prior to CTL Ireland, Anton managed international volunteering and development education programmes in the not for profit sector. He has organised and coordinated immersion and educational programmes for hundreds of young people, both travelling to Ireland and going abroad. He has also carried out research on international learning mobility for University College Cork. Anton holds a first class honours Master’s degree in International Development Studies, and two other first class honours degrees: a Bachelor's Degree in Geography and a recently acquired B.A. Honours Degree in Business Studies. He speaks four languages fluently and is the proud father of three children.

Aisling Meade

Director

Born to Irish parents in America, Aisling spent her childhood between California, Montreal and Limerick. She  has lived in Cork city since her university days. A senior manager for over 10 years in the not for profit educational travel sector, her first introduction to the world of educational travel was in a post university job bringing groups of lifelong learners around Ireland, meeting Irish people, making connections and learning behind the scenes. The inspiration, learning and fun of these group programmes deeply impressed Aisling and she has devoted her career since  to creating meaningful learning experiences for educational groups visiting Ireland. In recent years she specialised in making new partnerships and custom designing short term study visits to meet their needs. Aisling works with all kinds of groups; high school, university, lifelong learners and special interest and family groups. She loves to make connections between visitors to Ireland and the people and places that will inspire them long after they have returned home. Aisling holds a BA in Sociology and Economics and a Higher Diploma in Cooperative Organisation and Rural Development from University College Cork. In 2017 she was awarded a Special Purpose Certificate in Training and Education from Griffith College. She loves to travel around Ireland and to other countries with her husband and two growing children. Aside from Cork city, her favourite place in the world is Ballinskelligs Beach in Co Kerry.

Caterina Totaro

Training Officer

Originally from Italy, Caterina has lived in Ireland for more than 10 years. She has more than 15 years experience in non formal education, delivering training, workshops and group facilitation programmes, with expertise on a variety of topics including youth leadership and empowerment, development education and human rights education. Caterina has worked in the not for profit sector in Ireland for the past 10 years. During  the last 3 years she has coordinated a mentorship programme for a national youth organisation in Cork working with volunteers and young people.  Caterina has also worked with international development organisations in Africa and Latin America. Caterina is passionate by volunteering. She volunteered as a scout leader, as an assistant to people with special needs, and as a homework club assistant for primary school children. Caterina holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Conflict Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Law. She is fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish. In her spare time she loves travelling, cooking, hiking, swimming, hosting friends for dinner and spending time with her family.

Brian McAuliffe

Information and Technology Consultant

Brian is from Kerry in the South West of Ireland. He has been a professional software developer for 20 years. He has collaborated on a wide range of commercially successful products including web applications, cutting edge scientific modelling tools and healthcare retail solutions. His ‘always on’ attitude to support and his dedication to lifelong learning, combined with his creative spark have seen him hold key roles in every team he has been involved with. Brian is a strong advocate for volunteering and has a keen interest in community and international development. He has visited NGO projects in both Palestine and India, in a personal capacity. When he’s not fixing tech problems or developing new software ideas, he enjoys reading, writing, woodwork and going on adventures with his wife and young family.

Connect with our Unique  Network

The best part of an experience in Ireland is connecting with local people and getting immersed within local communities. This is what we have been facilitating for many years! We have built over the years a unique and diverse network of wonderful people and organisations across the country.  Have a look at who we can connect you with:

CTL Ireland,

9 Sunmount,

Military Hill,

Cork City, 

Ireland