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Junior Journey


The Junior Journey Program at PHA began in 2008 as a three week adventure to Antigua, Guatemala for twenty-five members of the Junior Class. For the 10th anniversary of the program, PHA expanded this longstanding trip to include all members of the junior class! These life-changing Journeys provide students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, gain greater independence, and develop stronger self-confidence as they prepare for their transition to college. Learn more about the four 2018 Junior Journey adventures, below.

2018 Trips

Costa Rica
Through a partnership with Global Leadership Adventures, students travel to Rancho Quemado, a small settlement in the remote Osa Peninsula. Students aid the community with refurbishment projects to help build a sustainable eco-tourism industry. Community projects in Rancho Quemado include the inventorying and monitoring of animals and their habitats, review of flora, painting buildings

This long-standing Junior Journey program 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., creating fencing, planting gardens, etc.

New Orleans
Though it has been many years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, recovery efforts are still underway in the city. In partnership with Rustic Pathways, students are an active part in the recovery effort, helping to rebuild homes that were destroyed by natural disaster. Additionally, students experience the rich and exciting culture of "The Big Easy" through music, language, and of course food.

During this outdoor leadership focused trip, students are exposed the beauty and tranquility of the Green Mountain State. Over the course of the week, students camp, hike, and kayak in the Vermont wilderness. In addition to fun outdoor activities, students participate in local community service projects.


Prospect Hill Academy Charter School is committed to covering the majority of costs for Junior Journey to ensure all eligible juniors have the opportunity to participate, regardless of their families’ financial situation. The average cost per trip is $1400. Students and their families are asked to pay a small deposit to hold their place (less than $150) to attend these trips.