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

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AIST Terms and Conditions – Updated From Feb 24, 2015

Updated February 24, 2015

Terms and Conditions

American International Sports Teams acts only in the capacity as agent for the owners and contractors providing transportation, hotel, or other services.  All tour services, tickets, and vouchers are subject to any and all terms and conditions provided by issuer.  The acceptance of any service provided as part of the American International Sports Teams  (AIST) program or of any ticket or voucher, shall be deemed to be acceptance of and consent by the program member to these conditions.  All services are subject to the law of the country in which the services are provided.  AIST reserves the right to dismiss members of the group at the expense of the member for misconduct and inappropriate behavior.


Changes in Itinerary:

At times there may be circumstances beyond the control of American International Sports Teams and our suppliers that necessitate revisions of the itinerary.  These revisions include tour dates, scheduled games and tours, and any other activity on the itinerary.  In the event of changes, we will make every effort to maintain the intent of the original itinerary.  Regardless of the cause, American International Sports Teams shall not be or become liable or responsible in any way whatsoever for loss, injury, death or damage due to sickness, weather, strikes, war, quarantine, acts of terrorism and injury during the program events.   American International Sports Teams reserves the right to alter any part of the tour it deems necessary or advisable.  The additional cost resulting from such change shall be paid by the program participant.  Items listed as optional are not included in cost of trip.


Television, Photography, Media and Video Rights:

American International Sports Teams has full Television, Photography, Media and Video rights in and to any and all of the programs or events affiliated with the program. 


Member’s Acceptance: 

American International Sports Teams reserves the right, in its own discretion to decline or accept approval of any individual as a member of American International Sports Teams.



American International Sports Teams will not be liable for misconduct or inappropriate behavior on any tour that results in penalties or fines in other countries.  Any penalties or fines that may be implemented will be paid by the member who was charged.  Participants will be bound to the laws of the country of which they are traveling.  AIST will not be held responsible for activities engaged by participants. 


What is not included in the American International Sports Teams programs:

  • Connecting Airline Ticket to Gateway City
  • Passport Fee’s and Visa Fee’s (if needed)
  • Personal Items (Gifts, Souvenir’s, Telephone Calls)
  • Some Meals
  • Airline Fuel Surcharges – This charge could be added about 1 month prior to departure depending on gas prices and the airline.
  • Laundry
  • Individual Medical Insurance (Primary)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for bus drivers and escorts (It is customary to tip bus drivers/escorts $20-35 depending on length of tour)
  • Everything not listed in inclusions


Important Note Regarding Fundraising:

Each Team member is responsible for checking the guidelines for raising funds as they pertain to their eligibility with their respective athletic associations.  All personal funds raised above and beyond the said trip cost will be refunded in September of the year traveled.  All non-personal funds raised above and beyond the said trip cost become the property of American International Sports Teams and will be used to upgrade the overall trip in some aspect.


Refunds on Overpayments: In some cases, participants may find that their fundraising efforts have exceeded their expectations.  In the event you have raised more money than your portion of the tour you will be entitled to some refund.  Because of guidelines set forth by governing bodies we are not allow to refund money to players with remaining eligibility.  However, if you have paid in personal money (which includes your money as well as your immediate family investments) we can reimburse you for your investment.  For example, if you or your parents have paid the deposit of $300 out of pocket you would be entitled to a refund of up to $300 over the amount of the cost of the said trip.  If the trip cost is $1000 and you raise $1300, you would be eligible to receive a refund for your initial deposit of $300.  If you raise $1325, the additional $25 would become property of AIST and used to upgrade the tour in some aspect.  Refunds will be disbursed in September. 




Payment Schedule:

After your initial deposit you will have a payment schedule that will be set up for you to pay or fundraise for the rest of your trip.  It is important to remember that approximately 150 days before your departure date we must have enough money in your account to purchase your international airline ticket.  If you are below this amount you will risk being dropped from the tour and you will be subject to the cancellation policy.  You must also be paid in full 60 days prior to departure or you will be subject to the cancellation policy.  Other restrictions may apply for discounts on specific tours as well.


Additional Trip Insurance Available:

We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.   Contact Angela Hecht at ahecht@responseco.com or 631.752.8024.


Statements and Uniforms:

Please make sure we have a permanent email address as we will be sending monthly statements via email for your records.  To ensure you are receiving the latest information and updates on tour changes it is important for us to have an active email account.  It is your responsibility to contact us if you are not receiving your statement once a month.  Monthly statements will be sent the first of every month.


Uniforms will be mailed out approximately two weeks prior to your departure date.  Make sure we have a shipping address were we can send your uniform and international airline tickets.   If you order the wrong size uniform you will be responsible for covering any additional costs for reordering a uniform.  Your uniform will not be mailed out unless your account is paid in full.



Should you fail to pay for your tour in full at the end of services, you will be subject to a $35 late fee per month until the account is paid in full.  Any fees that result from non-payment are the sole responsibility of the traveler on the account.


Cancellation / Refund Policy: 

The initial deposit at time of registration is non-refundable unless otherwise stated.  There are no exceptions for the cancellation fee.  Please make sure you understand the commitment you are making prior to putting in your deposit. 


A cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total trip cost (land and air) will be assessed for cancellations between 130 and 110 days prior to departure.  A cancellation fee equal to 75% of the total trip cost (land and air) will be assessed for cancellations between 109 and 60 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made within 59 days of departure will receive no refund.  All cancellations must be confirmed by e-mail to AIST at info@aist.us.   AIST will do their best to eliminate cancellation fees when possible however, this is dependent upon our suppliers and the timing of your cancellation of the tour.

We highly recommend trip insurance.

Airline tickets:

All airline tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.  We must have correct and legal spelling of participant’s name as it reads on his or her passport.  Responsibility for accuracy of the information given lies within the participant.  Any name changes will incur a change fee of $350.


Waiver Statement:

I recognize that because of the potential hazardous nature of this activity that an injury might be sustained. In the event of such an injury to myself, if I or my family members cannot be contacted, I give my permission to the attending physician to render such treatment as would be normal and agree to pay the usual charges for such treatment. I now release American International Sports Teams Inc., its employees, volunteers, agents, and assigns from responsibility for any personal injuries to property caused by or having any relation to this activity. I understand that this release applies to any present or future injuries and that it binds my heirs, executors and administrators. I understand that participants may be videotaped or photographed during this activity.  I have read this release and understand all of its terms. I sign voluntarily and with full knowledge of its significance.


Exchange Rate:

It is not possible for AIST to predict the rate of exchange for each international trip.  Therefore, we reserve the right to add a charge if necessary depending on the current rate of exchange at time of final payment.  The charge will only be implemented if the value of the foreign Currency increases against the dollar by more than $0.10.  If the value of the dollar should fall more than $0.10 one month prior to departure an increase in the cost of the tour may occur.  The additional cost will not exceed $150 for any tour.

Unpaid Balances:

AIST will pursue any unpaid balances due for services provided.  Any cost incurred for collection of unpaid balances shall be paid by the client who used the services.

Inappropriate Behavior:

AIST reserves the right to remove participants from the group that are being disruptive or causing problems for the group.  If a coach or AIST staff members feels the participant is behaving in an inappropriate manner they reserve the right to send the participant home at their own expense. 

Airline Connections:

If you have purchase a group flight with AIST from a gateway destination to your international destination it will be each passenger’s responsibility to meet the group on time for departure.  AIST will not be responsible for missed connections or flights.  It is recommended that passenger’s arrive for departures 3-4 hours prior to take off to make their connections.  Please note that Airlines reserve the right to change flight times and AIST will only be able to provide you with the most current flight schedule.  Should Airlines change our groups’ flight time it will be your responsibility to amend changes to your arrival times to meet the schedule provided by the airlines.


AIST Alcohol and Drug Policy:

Any passenger caught using drugs on an AIST tour will be removed from the tour at their own expense.  If you are under the age of 19 you will not be permitted to consume alcohol on tour regardless of the laws of the country in which you are traveling.  If you are 19 or over AIST will allow you to make adult decisions on your consumption as long as it is within the laws of the country you are traveling.  If you abuse the privileges and are causing problems on tour, AIST will dismiss you from the tour and you will be responsible for your expenses to return to the USA at that time.

AIST Alcohol and Drug Policy

AIST Alcohol and Drug Policy:  AIST does not allow the consumption of Alcohol or Drugs by the athletes on our U19 teams traveling abroad.  If a participant is under the age of 19 and is caught consuming alcohol or drugs on tour, the participant will be dismissed from the tour at their own expense.  AIST will escort the athlete to the airport and they will be responsible for paying for their flight home at that time. 

Participants who are traveling with U19 AIST select teams will be required to fill out the form below along with their Parent(s) or Guardian(s).  By filling out the form below, you (the participant) and your Parent(s) or Guardian(s) sign knowingly and willingly and are in agreement with the AIST Alcohol and Drug Policy.    This is a zero tolerance policy and participants will be dismissed immediately from the tour if caught consuming Alcohol or Drugs.  You will receive an email confirmation upon submitting your form. Continue reading

Travel Insurance

Please consider Travel Insurance!

Encountering the unexpected is often a part of travel; ranging from the inconvenient to a truly serious emergency. Travel Insurance offers comprehensive travel protection coupled with extensive 24-hour emergency assistance services to meet the challenges of today’s travel and help you enjoy a worry-free trip.

Consider these reasons to purchase a plan before departing, for a true sense of security on your journey. Continue reading

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