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Minooka TAP is going to South Africa in 2015!!!

October 29, 2013

No country has a more compelling combination of history, culture and wildlife than South Africa. In Johannesburg, the painful years
under apartheid are gone but never forgotten. Game drives take you within shouting distance of elephants, lions, rhinos and more.
And Cape Town is a favorite destination for many, thanks to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and stunning scenery.

Minooka TAP is very excited to be venturing into the Southern Hemisphere for the first time ever and to the African continent for our second visit.  We’ll start our adventure in the historic city of Johannesburg, visit a small African village, take the time to tour a South African school, and spend a few days on game drives in Kruger National Park where we’ll visit an elephant sanctuary and a baby lion rescue center.

The second half of the adventure will take us south to Cape Town where we’ll visit Robben Island prison – once the home to Nelson Mandella, take a cruise out to a penguin colony in the Indian Ocean, and get to know modern African life in the city.

Please be sure to visit the other sections of this website – TAP teachers, About Us, and FAQ – to answer any questions you may have about Minooka TAP.  Students wishing to apply to be included on our 2015 adventure to South Africa should carefully read the directions on our TAPplication page and fill out the online application by November 29th, 2013.

The trip will be thirteen days in June of 2015, just a few weeks after 8th grade graduation.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. lpetersen14 permalink
    October 29, 2013 5:04 pm

    Hi Mr. Curtis! I just read about the 2015 trip and it sounds really interesting. I was wondering if I could apply again. I know I have to write essays again but my mom and I weren’t sure if I needed more recommendation letters or not. Do I just need to do it as if I was applying the first time? Thanks so much!

    Lilly Petersen


    • October 29, 2013 8:02 pm

      Application – yes. Letters of recommendation – no. And we would love to have you join us.

  2. T. B. permalink
    October 29, 2013 5:18 pm

    I’m sorry to bother you but South Africa isn’t an option on the application yet.

  3. Rachel Maley permalink
    October 31, 2013 8:44 pm

    I seriously need to go to this

  4. Bri permalink
    November 12, 2013 12:45 pm

    Mr. Curtis I know that I’m in high school and everything but can i maybe try to be a part of the 2015 or 2016 trip? I’m getting a job soon so I can get a job and pay for it myself. and i would love to be a part of T.A.P. again

    • November 13, 2013 11:15 am

      That would be awesome. Hopefully you can save up enough to be able to go with us. We’d love to have you.

  5. Claire Dobry permalink
    November 24, 2013 10:21 pm

    Hey Mr. Curtis I am definitely interested in going to South Africa with you in 2015. I just want to know about the costs for this trip and if you would be willing to put up with me again 🙂

    • November 25, 2013 9:04 am

      Claire – We’d love to have you tag along with us again. “Put up with” you – we love all Dobrys (or is it Dobries or Dobri?), and we’d be thrilled to have any of you come with (of course, though, you are our favorite Dobry). We sent you an email with some details.

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