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AIST- Lacrosse Testimonials 2013

November 7, 2013

Player + Coach Testimonials

Coaches

“As a coach, I thought it was a great experience for myself and for the athletes. Although the style of play is not similar to what lacrosse players compete against in the US, it forced the girls to figure out a way to ADAPT, COMPETE and SURVIVE in a different type of competitive environment. I saw INDIVIDUAL GROWTH in each girl, both on the field and off, and at the end of the day that is what a coach should be looking for.”

Heather Jack- Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach- XTeam Lacrosse
United Kingdom High School Lacrosse Tour 2013


Players

“My overall experience was amazing. It was my first time out of the country, so I was completely impressionable, and the trip in no way let me down. I loved the cities we visited, I loved all of the things we did, and I loved playing lacrosse against international competition with my talented and fun teammates.

The tours were all so interesting. I also really appreciated that there was time to explore on your own as well, for anything else that you might have wanted to see.”

Elizabeth Bereit- Shenandoah University
Paris- Amsterdam Lacrosse Tour 2013


“My overall experience was great. I came home and told everyone I didn’t want to leave. It was my first time ever going to Europe and I couldn’t have done it through a better program than AIST. Getting to play lacrosse, meet new people and see new things is the best combination. The 10 days was a perfect length of time to adventure through the cities while making it back home before I was ever homesick.

I honestly thought traveling to 3 different cities in such a short amount of time wouldn’t be that great of sightseeing. But the fact that we were able to have free time in each city made me able to really experience what each place was all about. Even the bus rides to the next city were beautiful. We had just enough group activities booked to still be able to go sightsee ourselves.”

Ali Dixon- Grand Valley State University
United Kingdom College Lacrosse Tour 2013


“I had a life changing experience, the trip was so much fun and I learned so much, not only about lacrosse but the culture differences of other countries. It was an eye opening experience to see how other countries live and to see the traditions that they have. The trip overall was a great experience.”

Allie Henderson- Colorado Mesa University
United Kingdom College Lacrosse Tour 2013


“My overall lacrosse experience with AIST was incredible. The style of game overseas is much different compared to America so it was such a valuable learning experience. It definitely has prepared me for college lacrosse.

The travel, sightseeing and cultural experience was also amazing. Being able to stay in multiple cities showed me how different the world really is. It was a learning experience being able to go out on my own and witness firsthand the lifestyle and culture of the different cities.

My favorite part of the trip was definitely the lacrosse aspect. I loved being able to play a different style of lacrosse against very talented athletes. It challenged me and made me work harder which benefits me for the future as a college athlete. My favorite city was either Scotland or Dublin. The festival in Edinburgh was amazing to experience and Dublin offered a lot of unique restaurants/shops with in close range of the hostel.”

Kara Hodapp- Lacrosse Player
United Kingdom High School Lacrosse Tour 2013


AIST- Field Hockey Testimonials 2013

September 11, 2013

Player + Coach Testimonials

Coaches

“I consider myself to be an avid traveler. I can honestly say that I have never been able to experience so much of the culture, see so many beautiful cities and travel with such an fun group of people. As a coach I was able to work with some exceptional athletes and watch the team evolve and improve as they played together throughout the tour. I learned so much and look forward to hopefully going on another tour with AIST in the future. Thank you for the amazing experience you provided for me and some of my athletes.”

Kimberly Cosenza- Head Field Hockey Coach- Elms College
Italy Field Hockey Tour 2013


Players

“My overall experience of the tour was really awesome and definitely one I will never forget. Meeting all of the other girls and becoming friends with them was probably my favorite part of the trip because I never thought I would get so close with such complete strangers.

Everything is so relaxed in Italy and it was interesting to see. Sightseeing was awesome! There is so much history in that country and so much to appreciate. My favorite part of the trip was the food! I ate like a queen and there was such good food everywhere we went. There are no improvements that I would make to this trip. The hotels were great and I was very happy with the set-up of the trip.”

Alyssa LaMonica– Elms College
Italy Field Hockey Tour 2013


AIST- Soccer Testimonials 2013

September 11, 2013

Player + Coach Testimonials

Coaches

“I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful experience and great journey. The tour far exceeded all expectations and more. I can’t imagine seeing Italy any other way than with AIST.”

BJ Noble- Director of Soccer- Notre Dame de Namur University
Italy Soccer Tour 2014


Players

“The sightseeing was wonderful and we got to see more things with this group than we would ever get to see on our own without them. The guides had a ton of knowledge of the different sights and best places to go which made everything easy to find so we were never bored.”

Alyssa Soulis – Concordia University
Italy Soccer Tour 2014


“Kasperitis lived dream representing U.S. in Italy”

Check out the article about one of our 2014 Soccer players HERE!

Katie Kasperitis- St. Mary’s University
Italy Soccer Tour 2014


AIST- Basketball Testimonials 2013

September 11, 2013

Player + Coach Testimonials

Coaches

Bob Walsh- Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Rhode Island College
Named on of the Top 25 coaches in the nation from Div II,III and NAIA.
Watch his interview: HERE!


“WOW, it was AWESOME!!! AIST is a first class organization that provides an experience of a lifetime for its players, coaches and fans. This is an amazing educational opportunity that every college athlete should take advantage of. I highly recommend this trip to anyone that wants to immerse themselves in a different culture, develop lifelong friendships and compete athletically on a global level. I feel so lucky to have coached such a great group of student-athletes and to be a part of the AIST family. Thank you so much!
Italy is packed with so much rich history that you have to be on the move every two days to experience it all. We were very fortunate to be able to see so much of the country in only ten days. I wouldn’t change the itinerary at all. The cities, castles and churches were so beautiful and I can’t wait to visit Italy again.”

Mike Jacobsma-Head Women’s Basketball Coach-Central College
Italy Basketball Tour 2013


Players

“Traveling and sightseeing was absolutely amazing. The second I got home I wanted to go right back. Seeing all the architecture as well as the cultural aspects of Italy was amazing and learning some Italian along the way really made for a great trip. It was an experience of a lifetime and I didn’t want it to end as quickly as it did. Traveling on the bus with everyone and sightseeing brought everyone closer and made new friends along the way. Allowing us to go off on our own really allowed us to get the experience of what the food tasted like and how the community was. It allowed me to learn some of the ways of the Italians and see what their day to day lifestyle is like. It was perfect. The experience was amazing and unforgettable. From the moment we met the girls at JFK Airport, we all got along really well. I was thrilled to get to see things like the Trevi Fountain and get to play basketball against some of the competition overseas.”

Beth Suggs – New England College- All-American
Italy Basketball Tour 2013


“My experience with AIST was even better than I could have imagined. Everything was so well organized that the trip ran very smoothly. We were able to see so many different sites throughout the trip that you may not be able to get to if you took a trip like this with friends or family. The hotels we stayed in were very nice and we were fed very well! In addition to the sites we played some good competitive teams while we were there. I made friends on the trip that I will still talk to even after we have left. If anyone has an opportunity to take a trip with AIST I would highly recommend it. If I had the chance to go back I would!”

Courtney Burns-Rhode Island College
Italy Basketball Tour 2013


“It was incredible; a trip of a lifetime. What 22 year old could say that they toured around the beautiful country of Italy, doing the thing they love most: playing ball. I have AIST to thank for bringing me memories of a lifetime. AIST did a great job of hitting major landmarks in Italy and getting tour guides to explain all the history behind these landmarks. The bus trips were long, but you guys were unbelievable about moving us from point to point. We never had to wait, there were no screw ups on what and where to meet the bus, everything was extremely organized. “

Jon Goldberg-Emerson College
Italy Basketball Tour 2013
Emerson College


Prague Cup Tour Lax Recap 2011

July 10, 2011

After landing in Germany, we headed to Dachau Concentration Camp, which was quite moving and then spent time walking around Olympic Stadium. Once settled into our hotel, we headed into downtown Munich and took a bike tour around the city. We were all impressed with the beautiful buildings, variety of shops and vendors, and enjoyed our ride around the English Garden; one of the world’s largest city parks. Our evening capped off with a group dinner at the famous Hofbrauhaus for some pretzels, bratwurst, and Helles and Dunkel steins of beer.

On Tuesday, we arrived in Prague and had our first team practice at the Slavia Stadium Complex. At this point, we were all ready and excited to get onto the field and decided that we would make the Prague Cup ours. Our first game was the following day against the Czech U19 team, which we played quite well against and got our first W. That afternoon we took the tram to Prague Castle and had a walking tour that took us along the King’s coronation trail that led us through the palace and across the beautiful Charles Bridge. We took a detour to the famous John Lennon Wall, which a few players added their signatures to the graffiti and finished up our tour at the Astronomical clock in time to experience the 6pm chimes of the clock, trumpet announcement, and crowds of people snapping pictures of the show. Read more

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