The Ridgway Family founded Learn & Experience in 2009.  They have overseen the growth of L&E; from just 20 children attending their first Summer Camp to having since hosted over 1000 children across the various L&E programmes.

Learn & Experience have a very clear vision. Creating experiences to bring together young people from around the world while keeping to a simple ethos…

Happy Children Thrive

They also have 3 golden rules across their programmes that keeps everything simple…

  1. Be Kind
  2. Be Kind
  3. Be kind

Our Team

Our experienced team have all been chosen for their ability to communicate with children and their commitment to ensuring each child has a fantastic adventure with us.  They are a very special team and all bring something different which make up the unique nature of L&E…

Senior Team

Sam R Founder & Director
Julie M Operations Manager
Mike D Director of Languages
Sarah C Camp Director

Team Members

Hayley M Senior Tutor & Head of Creative
Sam B Senior Tutor & L&E Legend
Kate T Senior Tutor & L&E Legend
Ashleigh S Senior Tutor
Paul M Senior Tutor & English
Cindy Z Team Member & Social Media Guru
Emma M Team Member & YGL Leader
Jack P Team Member
Sophie R Team Member
Nikki M Matron
Harry G Team Member
Harriet T-B Team Member & English
Connor H Team Member & English
Iona H Team Member
Krissi Senior Tutor

L&E Timeline

It’s been a wonderful decade that we look back on with so much pride and joy. However, we still have so many plans that we can’t wait for the next 10 years!


L&E founded

L&E Office opens in North Yorkshire, England

New addition to Ridgway family – Welcome Maddie!


First 2 Week Summer Camp at Aysgarth School near York offering Adventure, Sport & Creative Activities

L&E English School opens


4 Week Camp including a new venue at Malsis School, N. Yorkshire.

L&E Homestays launched

L&E Stable Club opens as part of L&E Extras


New Website designed by George O

First Spring Camp

First Elite Football School working with Leeds United

New addition to Ridgway Family – Welcome Dottie!


First L&E Camper placed in UK Boarding School

First Lenny the L&E Landrover purchased


New venue in Madrid, Spain for School Groups

New Camp Director – Mike D

Malsis School closes


First L&E Teen Travel programme – UK Tour

Third UK venue open at Ampleforth College, N. Yorkshire

New Camp Director – Julie D


New venue in Angers, France for School Groups

New Camp Director – Sarah C


First scheduled venue in South of England at FSM School

New L&E Office opens in Edinburgh, Scotland

Ridgway family move to Vancouver, Canada


L&E Teen Travel Euro Tour launched

L&E Tennis Academy opens

L&E open new office in Vancouver, Canada


L&E World Camps rebrand

World Camp UK offers minimum 2 week stay

L&E Young Global Leader (YGL) Programme launched

L&E Podcast started – The Youth Project Podcast


New L&E Website launched (designed by George O)

L&E World Camps & Teen Travel coming to Canada

L&E@Home launched with Online Classes and Activity Resources

YGL Spark Series launched

Performing Arts Academy opens