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L&E Newsletter – Nov ’18

1 November 2018 by  

The Autumn colours are fading and it’s certainly starting to feel like winter…makes thoughts of summer even more appealing!

Firstly, may I apologise if you’ve been in touch recently and we haven’t yet replied.  The response has been remarkable this month and it is looking like a sell-out summer already.  Families from Germany, France, Spain & Italy in particular need to make some quick decisions if you don’t want to miss out on a place as we will be strict with keeping the numbers low of any one nationality.

10 Year Anniversary

L&E is entering into it’s 10th year and it’s been quite a journey. From hosting just 20 children for 2 weeks of camp in our first summer to offering multiple programmes for thousands since, we are very proud of all we have achieved.  We have stuck to our simple ethos “Happy Children Thrive” and will continue to offer our personal and caring service to all our loyal families and many new children in the future.

2018 Photos & Montage Films

For those of you who had children attend our 2018 Programmes please see the links:

Photos

Montages

New Teen Programmes

We have a new Euro Trip for our ever expanding Teen Travel programme.  This will be an incredibly exciting adventure taking in Northern England, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and ending in the UK Capital city, London.

Also, at the request of many L&E families we can confirm we will be offering the Young Global Leaders programme (YGL) for Summer 2019.  Communication, Debating & Free speech, Language & Behaviour, Teamwork and Equality & Diversity are just a few topics covered. Each programme will include our overnight Wilderness Experience.

The Teen Travel and YGL programmes are designed to be combined so there is the option of up to 6 weeks with L&E (30th June – 10th August, 2019) .  All other variations of weeks are also available.

L&E World Camps

Our famous  Camps for 8 -15 year olds will again be running with just a few small changes.  We will be offering 2 week & 4 week blocks.  The programmes will have the same emphasis of bringing together children from around the world immersed with Native English speakers as well as experiencing true British Culture  (We will continue to limit the amount of any one nationality to keep the camps balanced).  English is spoken exclusively conversationally and the L&E Camp environment will create it’s special magic by offering Adventure, Sport & Creative activities alongside our incredible Evening Activities programme.

The L&E Extra Programme (12 hour specialist coaching) will continue to be available (1 week maximum each):

  • South Camp: L&E English, Horse Riding & our Tennis Academy
  • North Camp: L&E English, Horse Riding & our Football School.

L&E North Camp  Aysgarth School, North Yorkshire

  • Sunday, 7th – Saturday, 20th July (2 weeks) AVAILABILITY
  • Sunday 21st July – Saturday, 3rd August (2 weeks) AVAILABILITY
  • Sunday 7th July – Saturday 3rd August (4 weeks) AVAILABILITY

Weekend Excursions: York (Saturday) & Dales Villages or **Theme Park (Sunday) + Manchester Excursion available for 4 Week Stay

L&E South Camp FSM School, The New Forest

  • Sunday, 28th July – Saturday, 10th August (2 weeks) AVAILABILITY

*Weekend Excursion: London (Saturday) & Local Villages/Beach or **Oxford (Sunday) **Extra

New System

We are very excited to announce that we have a brand new booking and administration system in place for our 2019 programmes.  There will be many benefits for all our L&E Families which include:

  • Online Credit/Debit Card payment options
  • Payment Plans
  • Easier communication
  • Online profiles to access photos/reports/information etc
  • Plus much more…

L&E Road Trip

We always try to visit as many new families as possible but this year being our 10th year anniversary means we are going that extra mile.  We have flights booked and dates confirmed for the cities below and are still looking to add to the itinerary.  So, if you have friends or family in your city interested in our programmes that you believe would like to meet us then please let us know.

  • November: 10th & 11th London, 19th & 20th Copenhagen & 21st Malmö
  • December: 7th – 10th New York
  • January: 23rd & 24th Milan & 26th Paris
  • February: 9th Toronto
  • March: 16th Los Angeles
  • April: 24th – 26th Vancouver

Sierra’s L&E Journey

“quickly realised how inclusive the camp was”

Over the past 10 years we have had hundreds of children come to spend their summers with us and with each child comes a story, this is Sierra’s story.  Sierra is from Kentucky in the USA and first came to L&E at the age of 14 in 2014.  Her grandmother Denise made the trip up north to drop Sierra off at camp as she lives in London and Sierra spends her summers there.  After being bullied and picked on at school Denise wanted her granddaughter to grow up knowing that she didn’t need to “conform” and feel the need to try and “fit in”.  Sierra describes how nervous she was about coming to camp as she thought she would be an outsider being the only American.  She very quickly realised how inclusive the camp was and how her nationality or background didn’t matter.  Sierra later described the best part of L&E was the way in which she was able to interact with everyone regardless of age, gender or background.  

“learn the art of travel in a safe and supportive environment”

The following year, as well as coming back to camp for 2 weeks Sierra, along with 5 other teenagers from across Europe booked onto the Teen Travel UK trip.  Teen Travel is a unique programme for 15 & 16 year olds which allows teenagers to learn the art of travel in a safe and supportive environment.  Sierra describes Teen Travel as “helping her with real life problems” and although she learns a lot from her parents about how to budget and organise transportation it isn’t the same as “experiencing it for yourself”.  Living and travelling with others is all about compromise and Sierra found this to be a big part of the trip.  Knowing that what one person wanted wasn’t the only thing that mattered and it was the whole group that needed to agree – “teamwork makes the dreamwork!”  Furthermore, being accountable and learning valuable practical skills translated into Sierra having the ability to navigate the international journey to camp each year.

“the L&E experience has been a game changer for Sierra”

Speaking about the overall effects L&E had on Sierra, she expressed that the experiences she gained from the multiple programmes she attended prepared her for college largely due to being exposed to people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.  Without these experiences she felt that her transition to college would have been “difficult”. 

We asked Denise to try and sum up how she felt L&E had effected her granddaughter…“the L&E experience has been a game changer for Sierra.  She owns and rocks her self-confidence with ease and grace.  That confidence is no longer predicated on the “if they like me”; it is now firmly rooted in the “I will be fine if they don’t”.  Her view of the world and its infinite possibility is tremendously expansive.  She clearly understands that living life is about the journey, as the destination is just a marker at a point in time and ever changing.”

“an absolute pleasure playing a part in Sierra’s journey”

Sierra is currently undertaking an undergraduate course at the University of Kentucky in Animal Science and Technology and her goal is to become a veterinarian, and if you ask her grandmother she will describe this as her “destiny”.  

It has been an absolute pleasure playing a part in Sierra’s journey and we wish her all the very best for the future and hope to see her back at L&E one day…perhaps wearing an orange polo shirt! 

Please click for the full interview with Sierra and her Grandmother