2015 AIST Testimony

Here is what our 2015 participants are saying about AIST


The testimony below has not been altered.  These are real responses from real people who have traveled with AIST.  The responses were taken from emails or from the survey we send out at the end of the travel season. 

“Our trip was awesome – a 10!  Our local guides and bus driver were just fabulous!  We schedule a lot of sightseeing, practice and games in a 10 day tour, it all DaveHixonhappened and all went well.  Everything was great from organization, food, transportation and accommodation.  It was truly a top notch experience!”  

David Hixon – Head Men’s Basketball Coach Amherst College – Amherst Italy Team Tour 2015


“I wanted to personally thank you for giving me the opportunity of a life time! The UK tour was a wonderful experience, and I loved every second of it! The tours you and Kinsey set up were beautiful and the lacrosse competition was spot on. I am so honored to have played with a team that was able to come in first and bring home the gold from the Oxton Tournament, for the first time ever in AIST history!! I loved playing for the USA and representing AIST on my jersey. You brought in a great group of girls and boys, and I know I will have friends for a lifetime.  Everything was great and impeccable! I would definitely love to travel with AIST again. Please keep doing what you’re doing, and change the lives of the younger generations, because I know you changed mine!  Thank you for everything!” 

Rebecca Nolan – Shoreham Wading-River High School Shoreham, NY – UK Laxfest Tour 2015

“Amazing Game Changer! AIST allowed me to experience playing basketball outside of my comfort zone! Playing in the UWG allowed me to experience basketball and UWG Openinginteraction with other countries as well as to challenge myself and take my game to higher level. The friendships that I made over the course of 10 days were life lasting. AIST provided me an opportunity of a lifetime that has forever changed my life!”

Amani Evans – Potomac High School Dumfries, VA – United World Games U19 Women’s Basketball

“The overall experience with AIST was extremely positive as I was able to grow as a coach through the experience while I was faced with different challenges that have made me a stronger coach. I was able to make more connections for my college SPK_8699coaching both internationally and nationally. Also, I was able to help student athletes find colleges and act as a liaison while they attempt to further their volleyball career. While getting to watch volleyball athletes grow as players, I was able to travel Europe and grow as an individual.”

Aleah Hayes – Head Volleyball Coach of U17 United World Games 2015 – Assistant Coach at Columbia College (MO)


“AIST Italy Softball tour was a great, well planned itinerary made up of wonderful people who were able to travel together easily. We saw wonderful sights with the nice AIST personnel, a great tour director and bus driver. It was a wonderful opportunity to also meet the people of Italy, not only when sightseeing but when playing ball. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.”

Jan Blovsky – Aunt of Italy AIST Select softball Player 2015 – Marlette, MI




“This experience was amazing! We saw so many sights, had great food, and I made immediate friends with my teammates.”

Lindsay Moeller – Italy Volleyball Tour 2015 – Indiana University of PA


“The overall experience of the trip was amazing and something I would absolutely recommend to anyone looking to grow as an athlete, make new friends, and see a new place. It was a perfect combination of playing the sport and seeing the sights.”

Emily Zadny – UK Lax Tour 2015 – North Central College


“It was an experience of a lifetime. I have never experienced anything like this before. It really opens your eyes to IMG_0231the different culture and makes you appreciate more of what you have.  It was shocking to see how differently they lived and how they tried to make money every day. Sightseeing was amazing! Every place we went was gorgeous and filled with history.”

Brianna Gilbert – Dominican Republic Softball 2015 – Rhinelander High School – Rhinelander, WI


“Amazing!! The trip was well planned and executed. The guides we had were knowledgeable, accommodations were very nice and there was plenty of free time to explore each city we visited. Oh, yeah- the softball was good, too!”

Christina Fonseca – Parent of Italy Softball Player 2015 – Belmont, CA


“Excellent management of logistics. Tours were very good in each country with a great balance of lacrosse with scheduled events and free time.”

Joe and Donna Faranetta – UK Lax 2015 and Prague Cup 2014 – Randolph, NJ




Kat Ihlenburg



“I felt the trip was a good experience, both athletically and culturally. The games were well organized and VERY
good competition. I was able to see young players really challenge themselves against some of the best players in the Dominican Republic.”

Kat Ihlenburg – Head Coach DR AIST select team 2015 – Head Softball Coach Georgia Gwinnett College


Amy Rizzo

“I’ve traveled with other companies before to play lacrosse and AIST is the best! They had amazing tours
scheduled for each city, the competition was great, the accommodations were satisfactory, and there also was enough down time to enjoy the cities how you pleased. I would travel with them every year!”

Amy Rizzo – Head Coach UK Lax Tour 2015 – Head Coach Georgian Court University


“Amazing experience both Coaching and Travelling with wonderful people.”

Meaggan Pettipiece – Head Coach Amsterdam 2015 – Head Softball Coach Northwood University (MI)


Shannon Kynoch

“The overall experience was incredible. It was extremely well-organized and allowed for a great balance of taking in the sights and culture while still competing at a high level. The staff created a fun environment where each participant was able to tailor their experience to make it the best for them. There was a good mix of group time as well as individual time to explore the cities and we were able to really see a lot!”

Shannon Kynoch – Italy Women’s Basketball Tour 2015 – Head Women’s Basketball Coach Saint Michael’s


“Travelling with AIST was a blast. They had planned activities for us in each city and made sure that we got to see all the sights and have a good time.”

Mollie Sebald – Italy Women’s Basketball Tour 2015 – Gannon University





“My experience was amazing. I liked the balance of competition and tourism – we saw so much.”

Lauren Kenny – Italy Volleyball Tour 2015 – Mercyhurst University





“I can without a doubt say it was one of the most fun experiences I Maggie McClainhave ever had playing lacrosse. Just playing with experienced girls from all over the country was a blast but to do it internationally, where the rules are different and the aggression is elevated was amazing.”

Maggie McClain – UK Laxfest Tour 2015 – Gettysburg College



“It was utterly amazing. The people, the places, the food and everything made this trip so much fun!”

Catherine (Katie) Wright – United World Games Soccer 2015 – Troy University


Kaitlyn Redman

“AIST is an amazing organization with incredible people who work towards giving you an exceptional trip. With the competition we faced, the places we went, I wouldn’t trade any of this for the world. AIST is the way to go.”

Kaitlyn Redman – Italy U19 Softball 2015 – Waukee Senior HS – Waukee, IA


“It was a wonderful experience. I learned so much and had a lot of fun. I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Rebekah Collier – United World Games Volleyball 2015 – Our Lady of the Lakes HS – Waterford, MI

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“My AIST experience was a trip that I will never forget. I was never about sightseeing or going to other country’s to visit, this trip changed that. When I got the opportunity to play lacrosse overseas things changed and I am beyond so happy I decided to come! The leaders and coaches were great they made it so fun and enjoyable. My teammates were awesome as well met some great new friends who I will never forget!”

Dina Cifelli – Prague Cup Lax Tour 2015 – West Chester University of PA



“It was amazing! I had an extremely fun time playing softball against different competition. When softball was over the sightseeing was so beautiful. I made friends and memories that will last a lifetime, I can’t thank AIST enough for the great experience!”

Maddie McConville – Dominican Republic Softball 2015 – Augusta High School – August, WI

Jim Brunelli

“We had a great time! The tours were well planned and we felt like we saw all of the major attractions in each city.”

Jim Brunelli – Italy Women’s Basketball 2015 – Head Women’s Basketball Coach Gannon University



“My experience with AIST is unforgettable. The friends I made I hope to stay in touch with because everyone is so great. The places we visited were breathtaking. I wish I could do it again!”

Isabelle Paulus – UK Laxfest 2015 – Morse High School – Portland, ME



“My experience with AIST was one of the best of my life. The competition was great, and each tour we went on was extremely beautiful. I made friendships that will last me a life time!”

Michaela Duranti – UK Lax Tour 2015 – Towson University