Staff Member Spotlight: Chelsea Johnson

Group Leader


Chelsea is a global citizen and international educator who is dedicated to facilitating education abroad experiences for others. Her time living and studying or working in Spain and Latin America have contributed to her passion for language learning and the impact of an immersion experience abroad.

After studying abroad twice in Spain and Chile, Chelsea graduated from Colorado State University in 2013 with a BA in Spanish and a BS in Business Marketing. She has led high school exchange programs for several years in Nicaragua, Ecuador and within the US. Chelsea is enthralled with learning as many Spanish dialects as possible throughout her journeys in Latin America.

A native Coloradoan and mountain lover, she enjoys spending time in nature, creating art, and meeting people from all over the world. She is currently studying towards her MA in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Hiking in El Cajas National Park near Cuenca, Ecuador with new friends from different countries!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Leading a trip with the Experiment provided a lot of personal and professional growth for me. I really got to know my students and see them change throughout the whole trip, and learned how to best support them through the relationships we developed. I also gained a lot of experience in guiding student learning through the experiential learning cycle.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Probably Ecuador because I love the country and I’m passionate about the environmental theme!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The Experiment is unique because of its experiential pedagogy, homestay experience on every program, and commitment to providing opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

For me, the most important factor in our field is creating a seamless experience of support for all students and cultivating a culture of student empowerment.