Meet the Team
We started The Learning Adventure with a shared belief that some of the most rewarding experiences happen when travel and education meet. We have grown a lot since our launch in 2011 and continue to do so, taking dozens of schools and universities on educational tours and faculty-led programs every year. Both of us feel incredibly lucky to have found a team of like-minded former teachers and avid travellers, all passionate about providing life-changing academic travel programs.
Alex is passionate about travel and education having worked in both sectors for the past decade. As an Assistant Head on the Teach First programme, he was inspired to improve educational outcomes for young people. This passion has remained a part of his work at The Dragon Trip. In his spare time, he enjoys sport, reading and visiting new places.
Ramsay knows first hand the value of learning in an international environment, having himself studied at international school and universities in Asia. He has more than 10 years’ experience in running experiential learning programs, and believes that all of us can learn a lot from the open minded approach students have when seeing new cultures for the first time.
An joins The Learning Adventure after leaving her job and travelling solo for two months. In her words: “The Learning Adventure encourages travellers to be bold, have courage to try new things and explore new places, but in a low risk environment. It makes working here is such an honor and I hope to help all of you, travelers all around the world, have the best experience in travel.”
Hello to all! I am Bao Tran. I’m currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I personally love the quote saying, “Travel is the one thing you buy that makes you richer”. And for that reason, I have always been loving to travel, connect with people and learn new culture. I’m grateful to have had the chances to travel to various locations and see parts of different cultures as I grew up, which then enabling me to share all of my travel experiences and tips for making a trip special with all of my customers.
With a passion for exploring the world, Don has experienced many things from cultural customs to exotic cuisine (and of course, the occasional embarrassing moments!). As a seasoned traveller, he knows how to make every trip unforgettable, and can connect you with the most authentic experiences that will leave you feeling like a true local.
Fly by name – Fly by nature… In between running marathons around the world, founding her own charity for the elderly in China, and playing top class badminton, Fly has been an indispensable member of the team from our very first days!
Hannah joined The Learning Adventure in 2023, following roles in languages teaching and fine art auction. Hannah lived in Hong Kong for fourteen years and Beijing for one, and holds a deep affection for Chinese film and literature. She is often spotted reading non-fiction on the tube, usually on her way to a museum!
Hannah joins the TLA team after 3 years as a teacher of Humanities and Classics in London. Her passion for Classics began with travels to Italy, Turkey, and Greece, and led to 4 years studying Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Oxford University. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys visiting museums and galleries, watching rugby, weekly ballet classes, and travelling whenever she gets the chance!
Jamie Tran Rico Pisa
Jamie comes from the land-down under (Australia) and is the Finance Manager for The Dragon Trip.
With a wealth of Financial and Accounting experience from a range of industries, he’ll be sure to help you with all your financial needs.
In a globalized world, travelling is the best investment you can have on yourself. Learning about new cultures, languages and stories, will help develop new skills and abilities to help you grow.
When not working, Jamie is usually keeping tabs on the latest sports or watching movies.
Junaid has been in the education management industry since 2011. He loves travel and has been to 65 countries, and shares a passion for the Arctic, long-distance running, and ultra-marathons. Junaid spent close to a decade in China, primarily in Shanghai, but travelled all over the region. He is now based in Dubai, and covers the GCC/Middle East region for The Learning Adventure.
Pre-Covid, Katsumi was one of the top Adventure Leaders in Japan providing the best service for family and school trips. Now he is as a Japan Regional Expert and ensures high quality for trips. However, he still sometimes plays the Adventure Leader role on the field. Why does he wear an outfit like this with a sword? Search “IAIDO” – something he enjoys!
Nanami is Regional Specialist for Japan and is based in Tokyo, but travels all over the world representing Japan in international cultural events and pageants. It’s her pleasure to welcome you to Japan, so that you can witness the wonders the country has to offer!
Ngoc has a passion for exploring new places and cultures, and dreams of travelling extensively throughout the world. Ngoc is always eager to learn about new languages and customs, and is fluent in French, English, and Vietnamese. He’s a self-confessed perfectionist, and pays close attention to every detail to ensure that all of our clients have the best possible experience. With his love for travel and dedication to delivering exceptional service, Ngoc is committed to helping our clients create unforgettable experiences that will last a lifetime.
If you ever need someone to tie a strong knot for you, Paul’s your guy. After college, Paul found himself work a wide range of jobs from leading horseback trips in Colorado, leading month long canoe expeditions in northern Minnesota, to sea kayaking trips in Vietnam. He recently went for a two year walking expedition across the Silk Road covering 9,000 km by way of China to Turkey. Now Paul is based in Yangshuo China and is over seeing the operations of the East Asia trips at TLA.
Before working for The Learning Adventure Rory lived in Rome, where he learned the correct and only acceptable way to cook a carbonara. He is now the resident Italophile at TLA but doesn’t let his Italy-bias get in the way of organising trips all over Europe! In his spare time he enjoys learning languages, playing football, and writing about himself in the third person.
Sam joined The Learning Adventure in 2022 after almost a decade working on school trips to Germany, France and Spain. He has travelled to over 25 countries, but his heart is split between Germany and Japan after a year living in each. When not working in the London Office, he spends his time out on the football pitch, cooking up Japanese food or planning his next adventure.
The English man living in Ho Chi Minh City, Scott is never too far away from a bánh mì. He loves playing rugby (even in Vietnam) and is known as “Odd Job Scott” by his friends. Indeed working a variety of quirky jobs; from Tour Director and Presenter to TV Gameshow Questions Writer and Producer. After building on his experience in educational travel, Scott now manages all The Learning Adventure tours across Asia.
Thu is an Operations Officer and specialises in Japan, having studied there for three years. Thu loves to travel as she believes visiting new places helps expand her horizons. Through to her work with TLA, Thu has the opportunity to use her travel experience to design tours that will help travellers not only have an enjoyable time in Japan, but also understand more about the local culture.
Though Tunu is based in our Ho Chi Minh City office, she is originally from Tanzania – the land of Mount Kilimanjara, the Serengeti, and Zanzibari beaches! When she isn’t managing different projects, she enjoys watching movies, eating good food, listening to music, and above all, travelling to new places to meet people from different cultural backgrounds. As a team member here at TLA, Tunu is able to be part of our clients’ adventures by supporting the team in organizing truly memorable tours.
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The Learning Adventure
182 Mayall Road
+44 (0)333 050 5256
The Learning Adventure
51 Melcher St
Boston, MA 02210
+1 (617) 334 7755
Ho Chi Minh City
Gro Center Building
Dien Bien Phu Street
Da Kao Ward, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
+84 909 381 728
Office 349, 135 Yanping Road (WeWork)Jing’an District
People’s Republic of China
+86 139 1651 9541