Our Core 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!
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.
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.