A simple idea…

“Learn & Experience create opportunities to connect young people (8-17) from different backgrounds and cultures to grow with a sense of adventure, curiosity and empathy.”

What we do?

We have a focus on the personal journey.   Whether it’s attending one of our summer programmes, helping choose an international study experience or both, we care about every individual and want their experience to be the best.

We have 3 main programmes; L&E World Camp UK (8-15), L&E Teen Travel UK (14-17) and our U.K., U.S. and Canadian School Immersion (11-17).

L&E World Camp is hosted at the amazing Aysgarth School, North Yorkshire in a quintessential English countryside setting with state of the art facilities situated in 60 acres of woodland and sports fields. It is a truly international camp with over 25 nationalities all conversing in English embracing different cultures & learning new life skills. There is an Adventure, Sports and Arts programme including Horse Riding & Performing Arts. English lessons are provided for those who need it plus our Open Minds course is available for 13-15 year olds. This is a comprehensive and thought provoking academic course which includes workshops and an overnight wilderness experience.

Our Teen Travel programmes are designed to teach the skills needed for future journeys. The UK Tour includes all 3 capitals of mainland Britain and our travellers are also given freedom to influence their itinerary and make budget decisions to create a personalised and unique experience.

Our School Immersion programme uses our extensive knowledge of the UK & Canadian system to find the right path for both student and school. 

Our Story

Sam Ridgway founded Learn & Experience in 2009 with the idea of creating opportunities to connect young people 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 placed and hosted hundreds of children across the various L&E programmes in the UK and Canada over the past 13 years.

During this time L&E have also helped dozens of families find the right school using their vast knowledge of the education system in the UK and Canada.

Our Senior Team

Sam Ridgway L&E Founder & Director
Cam S Operations Manager
Sam Ponsford Director of Open Minds
Mike Dewar Director of Languages

L&E Timeline


L&E founded

L&E Office opens in North Yorkshire, UK


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 Horse Riding offered as part of L&E Extras


New Website designed by Speedway Media

First Spring Camp

First Elite Football School working with Leeds United


UK School Immersion Service launched

First L&E Camper placed in UK Boarding School


New venue in Madrid, Spain for School Groups


First L&E Teen Travel programme – UK Tour


New venue in Angers, France for School Groups


New venue in South of England at FSM School

L&E open new office in Vancouver, Canada


First L&E Teen Travel Euro Tour

First L&E Tennis Academy


L&E World Camps rebrand

First Canadian Teen Travel Adventure

L&E Young Global Leader (YGL) Programme created


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, Marlborough College Summer School

Elite Football experience at Manchester City

Canada added to L&E School Immersion Service