Knights Impact – International Service-Learning Opportunity: Dominican Republic, May 21-28, 2017

Good afternoon Colleagues,

 Knights Impact is an international service-learning program coordinated by the Office of Experiential Learning and the Office of International Programs offering students an affordable, high-impact experiential learning opportunity. The week of May 21, 2017, a cohort of MGA faculty, staff, and students will sail from Miami to the Dominican Republic aboard the intimate 704-passenger Adonia with Fathom Impact Travel. While at sea, we’ll participate in carefully crafted workshops that will introduce the group to the destination and encourage self-discovery, curiosity, and critical reflection. After arriving in the Dominican Republic around midday Tuesday, participants will spend three days immersing themselves in the local culture of Puerto Plata while collaborating with local organizations to create enduring social impact.

We invite interested faculty and staff to participate in student recruitment and education about this initiative over the next 5 weeks leading up to the student application deadline of February 20. Depending on student numbers and space availability, faculty and staff may be eligible to join the program as co-directors. Co-directors will organize and supervise the program, facilitate daily meetings and reflection activities, and participate alongside students in shipboard training and on-ground programming. The program offers a complimentary cabin berth for every 9 students recruited; additional space may be available for faculty/staff participants at their own expense.

To serve as an Impact Ambassador:

  • Contact Dr. Laura Thomason, Director of International Programs ( or Prof. Chris Tsavatewa, Director, Office of Experiential Learning (  to indicate your interest.
  • Attend the initial interest meetings in Macon or Cochran (schedule TBA).
  • Promote or invite us to promote Knights Impact in your classes and campus events.
  • Follow up with students to help with the application and booking process.


Please see for a full description of this program, FAQ, and student application.

We look forward to working with you as we expand internationalization and experiential learning at Middle Georgia State University!

Bon Voyage,

Chris Tsavatewa and Laura Thomason