A family concern…

The Ridgway Family founded Learn & Experience in their home county of Yorkshire 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.

Though the L&E Head Office is still located in the UK, Sam (an ex-teacher) & Randa (a paediatric anaesthetist) now live in Vancouver, Canada with their daughters Maddie, 11 and Dottie, 8. (Maddie was just a one year old at the first World Camp at Aysgarth in 2010!!)

Adventure – Life skills – Language

Learn & Experience have a very clear vision. Creating experiences to bring together young people from different backgrounds and cultures (whether online or in-person) through Adventure, Life Skills and Language.

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 Ridgway L&E 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 Language Tutor
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


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

L&E World Camps & Teen Travel coming to Canada

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

The Learn and Experience Podcast launched