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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. 

“I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to have coached and traveled with AIST.  My players and I had a wonderful time! Jenny was exceptional.  We also enjoyed having Sylvia (Italian guide) travel with us and help us navigate through Italy. We were able to see so many sites in a short period of time. And our matches were of good quality opponents.
I would absolutely recommend AIST!  We were fortunate to have had a seamless trip with a fantastic group of individuals.” – Leslie LaFronz – Kean University Field Hockey Coach – 2018 Italy FH Tour. 

“I just wanted to reach out and thank you for an amazing tour of Italy for our team. Our trip was phenomenal from beginning to end and the planning, organization and follow through of your group was excellent. Can’t begin to tell you what a great job Kinsey did with our group, as I’m sure you know. Our Italian guide, Francesca, and our bus driver, Andrea, were both terrific as well – especially yesterday when our flight was delayed, they went above and beyond. We have already began planning for our next trip.” – Luke Flockerzi – University of Rochester Mens Basketball – 2018 Italy team trip.  


“I have traveled with AIST on four tours now both as a player and coach. Every trip has been an amazing experience playing and coaching great athletes from all over the country and competing at a high level internationally. AIST does a great job organizing these trips and I look forward to traveling with them in the future!”Karen Shaddock – Williams College Assistant Coach – Munich/Prague (2), Paris/Amsterdam, UK


“I’ve traveled with AIST twice and love the balance between educational, cultural, social, and athletic experiences. When you invest in international travel, you want to be sure to get your money’s worth and AIST works to accomplish just that. Their tours are organized, enriching, and fun. Can’t wait for the next one!”  Bree Nasti – Adelphi University Head Softball Coach – Munich/Prague and Paris/Amsterdam Tours




“We took our team to the Dominican Republic to satisfy a class requirement for our institution for a cross cultural experience.  We were very pleased with our entire trip.  AIST is always 2 steps ahead and everything went smoothly from signing up to leaving the island.  I have taken my team out of the country 3 times and this was by far the easiest and also the best trip.  We will use AIST again in the future and I will encourage other coaches to travel with them without hesitation.”  Emily Russell – Lee University Softball – Dominican Republic January 2017


“Our 3 trips with AIST have been outstanding opportunities for our student-athletes to explore other cultures through the experience of softball.  The trips provide a chance to compete, bond and grow as a team and have FUN!  The staff at AIST makes it easy and does a great job!”  

 Ruth Kmak – University of Chicago – Head Softball Coach – Munich/Vienna Prague 2009, Italy/Spain 2013, Australia 2017 


“AIST put together a great itinerary and balance of basketball and team events and places to see,” . “It was so organized and allowed the coaches to just coach and our group to spend time together. This trip was really beneficial for our young program and gave our student-athletes such an amazing experience with each other that they will never forget. We are so grateful to be able to give our seniors and all of our young ladies the opportunity to go on a trip like this!”  Lisa Nuxol-Wilson – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Women’s Basketball – Costa Rica 2017


“Thank you so much for another amazing AIST Lax tour for the Hoffmann/Devlin family. AIST provides the perfect balance of opportunity for these ladies to be ambassadors for the sport that they love and see some of Europe’s best cities at the same time. Were there glitches? Yes, few unforeseen travel hiccups, but we were always safe, well informed and accommodated.   We are so fortunate to have traveled on two completely different trips. Both of our experiences with AIST tours have created lifetime travel memories for our family as well as allowed Kelly to form friendships with lacrosse players from diverse areas of our country.”

Maggie Devlin (Mother of AIST select player) – 2017 Amsterdam Lax, 2013 UK Laxfest Tour – Yardley, PA

“I just want to thank you for the AMAZING trip I had this summer on the Netherlands softball tour! I met so many new friends in this trip and I can’t wait to see where all of us end up in our friendships.”

Haylee Chambers – Netherlands SB Tour 2016 – Tabor, IA

“Thank you for an AWESOME opportunity! We have been with many different travel teams with 3 daughters and this was by far the best group that I ever seen get along.”

Strasser Family – Netherlands SB Tour 2016 – Waterford, WIpaigegautitaly

“AIST not only changed my life but it gave me the opportunity to play globally against international professional club teams.”

Paige Gaut – Lynchburg Softball:  Click here to read more about Paige’s second tour with AIST.

“I could go on and on about all the experiences we had in Italy, whether big or small, but I still would not be able to describe to you all that this country has to offer. I could only imagine the beauty that exists in all of the cities we didn’t have the time to visit. This trip was truly an experience of a lifetime, and I am eternally grateful to all of my family and friends who made it possible for me to play the sport that I love on international soil. There are memories I made while overseas that I will never forget, and I hope that one day you have the great fortune to experience Italy’s beauty for yourself.”

Gabby DeLeo – University of New Haven Softball:  Click here to re-live Gabby’s experience of our Italy 2016 Softball tour.


Calogera“I was extremely impressed with AIST after traveling Italy with the u19 softball team. I enjoyed my experience as both a tourist and a coach. The itinerary included Rome’s most well-known attractions as well as other rare destinations such as The Republic of San Marino.  The AIST representatives are organized and professional. They made their best efforts to stick to the itinerary or make appropriate changes based on the group’s interests. Hotels and transportation were above average with friendly and knowledgeable guides.  It was clear that AIST has established many relationships with the teams in Europe. We were treated as their guests and enjoyed sharing softball, dinners, and gifts with the other clubs.  I recommend traveling with AIST for the ultimate cultural and athletic experience.”

Kaitlin Cologera – Fairleigh Dickinson University Softball Coach – Italy Softball Tour 2015




“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 happened 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


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“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 interaction 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 coaching 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





“I’ve traveled with other companies before to play lacrosse and AIST is the best! They had amazing toursAmy Rizzo
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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