10 Adventures, 10 Life-Skills and 10 Languages

What’s it all about?

Who?

I’m Sam, the founder of Learn & Experience; the people bringing together young people from different cultures and backgrounds through Adventure, Life-Skills and Language.

What?

I have been set a challenge to go on 10 Adventures, try 10 new Life-Skills and learn 10 new Languages in 30 Days – (that’s something new every single day!!).

Why?

I’m hoping to raise vital funds and awareness for Save the Children who exist to help every child to reach their full potential. They were chosen as the charity of our focus because they are so aligned with what we try to achieve with everything we do. 

www.JustGiving.com/fundraising/learn-and-experience

“Different times…”

Currently, due to the pandemic, we are very restricted to what we can offer and there, seemingly, will be a long wait before we get to be doing what we do best.  In the past 6 months we have diversified like never before…offered online classes – hundreds of hours of language and life skills classes, recorded how-to-videos, hosted a 24 hour global campfire, launched a new podcast along with educational resources and planned virtual workshops for schools.  This was all in pursuit of keeping ourselves relevant, current and busy but most importantly providing vital engagement with young people that we know rely on us.

“A big part of what we do…”

A big part of what L&E do is to provide scholarships/bursaries to children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience these life-changing adventures.  However, this pandemic has sadly made it impossible for us to privately fund or provide any of these initiatives.  Therefore, we decided that we would centre our attention on raising funds and awareness alongside Save the Children but with an L&E twist…

Bringing people together through ADVENTURE, LIFE SKILLS & LANGUAGE and hopefully along the way continue to inspire young and old to try something new!!!

The 30 Day Challenge for ALL was born!

After much consideration about who would partake it was agreed that I should lead the way and be the guinea pig for the inaugural year.

I was happy to step up…πŸ™„

I am very lucky to have access to many talented friends, family and acquaintances who will give me expert guidance as I embark on an exciting (if slightly daunting!) journey!!

When?

1st – 30th November, 2020 (a new activity & film every day)

What can you do?

  1. Make a donation to Save the Children http://justgiving.com/fundraising/learn-and-experience
  2. Watch the videos & share this page or tell someone about this challenge with friends and family
  3. Share and like any social media you come across (it makes a massive difference)
  4. Try a new Adventure, Life-Skill or Language
  5. Join the challenge next year. Email: 30ALL@learnandexperience.com

#30ALL

Thank you

Sam

Day 1: Yoga

Completed my first life-skill challenge today! YOGA!! The lovely Harriet was my expert instructor and put me through my paces. Made me realise how un-flexible I am! A little stiff now but actually may try to keep it going as I’m not getting any younger!! 😜

Day 2: Wild Swimming

This wasn’t planned at all! Having a lovely dog walk with Rosie on the beach getting myself prepared for my language lesson later in the afternoon when an idea struck me! WILD SWIM! Only problem was…I didn’t have any trunks or a towel!. Oh well…I managed to protect my modesty and went for it! Very invigorating but very, very, very cold!! Literally took my breath away! First adventure completed! Language lesson delayed till another day!

Day 3: Learning Spanish

Today was an incredibly wet & rainy day so the perfect day for an indoor activity. My lovely 82 year old Father used to be a French and Spanish teacher but for some reason I have never learnt any Spanish my whole life. He agreed to give me a Spanish lesson and it was amazing. I am so lucky to have such a great Dad who embraces all challenges including modern technology!! Only a few glitches…πŸ˜‚x

Day 4: Ukulele

Enjoyed today’s session. It was very frustrating and I will certainly blame the quality of my my instrument but all in all I definitely learnt some chords and will be able to bring out the ukulele at campfires etc. (if only to pass it very quickly to someone who can actually play!!) Thank you Andy for the tutorial! πŸ‘ (ps. remember to tune your ukulele and to know whether you’re doing it for left handed or right handed! πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ)

Day 5: GPS Art Run

An interesting challenge today. A friend mentioned the idea of GPS Art and how you can draw shapes with the route you run with your running app. It was fun planning the shape and putting it into action. It was an early start but worth it in the end. Pacific Spirit Park is an incredible temperate Rainforest near where we will live and was the perfect setting!! πŸƒπŸŒ² Day 5 done…what’s in store tomorrow!!? πŸ€” Ps. I have some quite exciting challenges planned in the coming days/weeks but still need some more ideas to fill my schedule!?πŸ€”

Day 6: Arabic

Today I had the privilege of learning Arabic from my wife, Randa’s mum. She was very patient and very kind. There’s some very difficult pronunciations and I apologise for some of the inaccuracies!πŸ˜‚ Enjoy! PS. Keep the ideas coming…really enjoyed some of the ideas so far! πŸ‘

Day 7: Singing

What an amazing opportunity to have a singing lesson with an amazing professional like Kathy! (However I think I may have blown it!!πŸ˜‚) Thank you so much to Kathy for giving your time to teach me. I will have definitely been one of the harder students to get a note out of but, nonetheless I really enjoyed it and feel that now I have a technique I have no excuse for the sounds coming out of my mouth! πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜‚

I really recommend everyone to get a voice/singing teacher. It really makes you concentrate on certain things that will help with life.

Day 8: Boating

Day 9: Roller Blading

Day 10: Sign Language

Day 11: Tree Climbing

Day 12: Japanese

Day 13: Cooking

Very fortunate to have Dan from Nourish Cookery School give me a lesson on how to make Japanese dumplings, gyoza! They were very yummy! πŸ˜‹πŸ₯Ÿ

Day 14: Snow Day

Day 15: Malay

Can’t quite believe I’m halfway through! 5 adventures, 5 life skills and 5 languages completed!

Loved learning Malay with Heng. He had gone to some effort to prepare and make it as easy as possible for me to learn and so I’m ever so grateful. Terima kasih, Heng!

Day 16: Turkish

Day 17: Card Skills

Day 18: Den Building

πŸŒ²πŸ•πŸŒ²A great life-skill preparing for my adventure in a couple of days when I get to sleep out in my construction!

⚠️Beware of the coyotes!!πŸ•πŸ˜±πŸ˜œ

Day 19: Norwegian

πŸ‡³πŸ‡΄ This was quite a special language lesson.

Randa and I met a lovely couple (Hans, from Norway and Zoe from Canada) 15 years ago in South Africa on a wine tasting tour. We hit it off straight away and had a really fun day together but haven’t seen them since.

Through the power of social media we’ve stayed in touch and amazingly Hans got in touch to offer to give me a Norwegian lesson. They now actually live in Canada as well so we will definitely see more of them sooner or later. Thank you again to Hans! πŸ™

Day 20: Sleep Out

This was a tough one for lots of reasons. As well as to Save the Children please consider donating to Covenant House Vancouver who help young people who experience homelessness. https://www.covenanthousebc.org/ways-to-give/

Day 21: Pig Latin (Kids Secret Language)

Pig Latin (Kids Secret Language). What a brilliant teacher 9 year old Libby is! I learnt so much! She is sooo amazing at Pig Latin! Wow! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

Day 22: Foraging (for mushrooms)

I was incredibly fortunate today. Chef Robin Kort from Swallow Tail Culinary Adventures gave me a personal guide to foraging mushrooms. Her knowledge and passion is so infectious and I learnt so much! πŸŒ²πŸ„