Junior Journey

 

Junior Journey is a three week adventure in Antigua, Guatemala that integrates Spanish language instruction, cultural immersion, and community service learning. The program combines four hours of daily one-on-one Spanish language instruction, home stays with local families, and community service learning in an environment where each student can have a long-lasting impact on the people they serve. This life-changing experience provides our students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, gain greater independence, and develop stronger self-confidence as they prepare for their transition to college.

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School is committed to raising the funds to cover the costs for Junior Journey to ensure all eligible juniors have the opportunity to participate, regardless of their families’ financial situation. The cost per student is $1,800 and approximately 30 students participate annually.

You may make a donation online here. Please select "Junior Journey" under the "Fund" field. Or, you may send a check to:

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School Foundation
50 Essex Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Thank you
in advance for your contribution.
The Junior Journey video was created in 2008 by former Junior Journey student and PHA alum Cory Tomascoff.

Read the Junior Journey Blog

While in Guatemala, students are able to communicate with their families and the PHA community by recording their experiences in a blog. The blog provides an unedited, uncensored insight into the students’ experience abroad.

In the students' own words:

Daily One-on-One Spanish Language Instruction
Karen, pictured at left with her teacher Billy on the right.
Karen, pictured at left with her teacher Billy on the right.

"In the precious individual daily lesson time with my teacher, I became more confident in speaking Spanish, so much so that I was able to speak freely with him about Guatemalan culture, legends, myths, traditions, and history without ever feeling embarrassed. The best part, aside from seeing my own progress, was developing a close bond with my teacher. Though I was only with Billy for three weeks, I felt like I've known him for several months because I was so comfortable and happy to be around him."

 -Karen A.

Emily, at right, with her individual Spanish instructor.
Emily, at right, with her individual Spanish instructor.

"The conversational structure of my one-on-one Spanish lessons allowed me to learn so much about the Guatemalan culture while improving my confidence in speaking Spanish.  I had such a great connection with my teacher, because we were both comfortable with talking about our lives and controversial issues in our countries."
-Emily G.

Home Stay with a Guatemalan Family
Emiliano, pictured at left with his host brother Carlitos, center left, host mother Nimsy, center right, and home stay partner Owen, right
Emiliano, pictured at left with his host brother Carlitos, center left, host mother Nimsy, center right, and home stay partner Owen, right

"It's incredible how warm-hearted my home stay family was. They treated me as one of their own, teaching me about the Guatemalan culture, and just giving me advice in general. It was hard saying goodbye, especially to my host brother since we'd gotten so close in a short amount of time. Neither of us have siblings so our friendship grew very strong. I'll never forget Carlitos".
-Emiliano C.
Community Service - Teaching Children in San Pedro
Hannah, pictured on the left with one of her San Pedro students, center, and PHA classmate Meryem, right
Hannah, pictured on the left with one of her San Pedro students, center, and PHA classmate Meryem, right

“Teaching at [the impoverished elementary school in] San Pedro was a lot more challenging than I expected. Getting kids to learn a new language and keeping them engaged was difficult. I never appreciated the education I had until I saw the kids at San Pedro so excited to learn. I felt foolish for ever disregarding school when these kids wanted nothing else but to learn. They taught me to be grateful for the chance to further my own education.”
-Hannah E. 

Olivia, left, with one of her students.
Olivia, left, with one of her students.
"Working as a teacher in Guatemala was a surreal experience. I was used to being the student for so long that it was strange to switch roles to teach so many kids eager to learn. However the teaching experience brought me closer with my own teacher Flor as we exchanged classroom stories, and stories about ourselves during each session."
-Olivia P.