The Life Skill Adventure Experts

Learn & Experience have a very clear vision…

“Creating experiences to bring together young people from different backgrounds and cultures to grow with a sense of adventure, curiosity and empathy.”

A simple idea…

Sam Ridgway founded Learn & Experience in 2009 with the idea of creating experiences for children from different backgrounds and cultures to learn from one another. Together with his family and a great team, they has overseen the growth of L&E from just 20 children attending the first L&E Summer Camp in 2010 to having since hosted hundreds of children across the various L&E programmes in the UK and Canada over the past 12 years.

Originally from Yorkshire, Sam (a Teacher) now lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife, Randa (a Paediatric Anaesthetist) with their daughters Maddie, 12 and Dottie, 9.

Learn & Experience offer a pathway for young people from 8 to 18 which includes:

World Camps (8-14)

Open Minds (13-16)

Teen Travel (13-17)

Young Leaders in Training (18+)

Plus using their vast knowledge of the education system in the UK and Canada, Learn & Experience offer a service for parents to help them select the right school for their children.

School Placement Service (11-18)

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 L&E Founder & Director
Sam P Director of Open Minds
Julie M Director of Teen Travel
Mike D Director of Languages

Team Members

Hayley M Senior Tutor & Head of Creative
Krissi Teen Travel Mentor
Sam B Senior Tutor & L&E Legend
Sarah C Camp Director
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 Language Tutor
Iona H Team Member

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


New L&E Website launched (designed by Speedway Media)

L&E@Home launched with Online Language & Life Skill Classes

The Learn and Experience Podcast launched


Partnership with Open Minds