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, 12 and Dottie, 9. (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 through Life Skill Adventures.

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!

2009

L&E founded

L&E Office opens in North Yorkshire, England

New addition to Ridgway family – Welcome Maddie!

2010

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

L&E English School opens

2011

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

2012

New Website designed by George O

First Spring Camp

First Elite Football School working with Leeds United

New addition to Ridgway Family – Welcome Dottie!

2013

First L&E Camper placed in UK Boarding School

First Lenny the L&E Landrover purchased

2014

New venue in Madrid, Spain for School Groups

New Camp Director – Mike D

Malsis School closes

2015

First L&E Teen Travel programme – UK Tour

Third UK venue open at Ampleforth College, N. Yorkshire

New Camp Director – Julie D

2016

New venue in Angers, France for School Groups

New Camp Director – Sarah C

2017

First scheduled venue in South of England at FSM School

New L&E Office opens in Edinburgh, Scotland

Ridgway family move to Vancouver, Canada

2018

L&E Teen Travel Euro Tour launched

L&E Tennis Academy opens

L&E open new office in Vancouver, Canada

2019

L&E World Camps rebrand

World Camp UK offers minimum 2 week stay

L&E Young Global Leader (YGL) Programme launched

2020/2021

(The years that must not be spoken! 😜🦠)

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

2022

The Great Comeback!!🙌