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We haven’t heard about “STEM” program anywhere, can you please explain what it is exactly ? For how long STEM program has been working in Pakistan?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Another term that is coming into use is STEAM, which adds an “A” for the Arts and Humanities. Our curriculum is holistic and includes the arts and humanities in both the areas studied and the cultural experiences.

STEMwithpurpose is an age-appropriate, short-term residential educational & innovational program at prestigious American universities and global business corporations. STEMwithPurpose is a 2-4 weeks long academic program for 11-18 age groups. Students participate in university-based, hands-on, inquiry-based learning activities that focus on areas such as alternative Renewable Energy, Robotics and Programming, Electronics, Global Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Health Sciences.

The university has been running international programs since it started. Each and every year people come from Asian countries like China and South korea to NIU which is the top 48th US University in Engineering. So experience in Pakistan is not relevant to the running of US International Camp. This is the first fabulous year of AQLEM STEM program in Pakistan.

Why are you working in virtual environment? Why you don’t have any office in multiple cities of Pakistan?

We have an office in Karachi already and our head office is based in USA. We are working in a virtual environment. We have the latest technology and we feel comfortable to work remotely. Many entrepreneurs are adopting virtual environment. Majority of outsourcing organizations only exists on web and millions of people are working there very conveniently. We show people the true benefit of technology. Every member of team feels close to each other and connected all the time.

Who will pick the campers from the Airport?

NIU Picks the campers from airport and take back,we call that airport chephour services

My Child has a food allergies. how will that be handled?

Please, alert us to any food allergies and/or dietary restrictions on the health form. Your child will be choosing food cafeteria style in the residence hall. She/he will need to be proactive in watching for allergens.  If we provide snacks for special events, we will be sure to accommodate any allergies.

Do you have any schools who have partnered with you in Pakistan so far?

Yes, by the grace of God, AQLEM’s STEMwithPurpose program is gaining huge popularity and fame in Pakistan. Our counsellors have done a good job in all the major  cities to sign MOUs with renowned schools in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi etc. We aim to expand our program in all major cities inshallah.

Can parents go with their children on the STEM Program?

We do not provide lodge services to parents to stay with the children. Parents can go on their own but they cannot live with students during the program, Parents can still see the children in the program by organizing with the program director.

Are there ticket arrangements from AQLEM through a travel agency?

Yes, there are arrangements through travel agency, and if we have enough students, then we will charter a plane by ourselves for them,we definitely want them to travel comfortably.It will be a lifetime experience for your children and we will take the best decisions after considering all the aspects

What a camper should bring with him / her to the camp? And what should they not bring to the camp?

Campers should bring casual clothes and walking shoes, an umbrella and/or rain gear and a sweater. Campers should bring towels, all personal hygiene necessities, their own personal pillow, bed linens, or a sleeping bag. They also might want to bring a small fan, a small radio, and extra money for snacks, souvenirs, etc.Please refer to the behavior contract in the application packet. AQLEM Inc is not responsible for any personal items stolen or lost.

Who will pick the campers from the Airport? What can campers expect upon their arrival ?

NIU Picks the campers from airport and take back,we call that airport chauffeur services. They will be welcomed by our AQLEM staff and supervisors from the NIU upon their arrival. AQLEM staff will guide the students to their dorms, labs, mess hall and other facilities. Also the camp will not commence the course immediately after the arrival of students, we understand they need some time to freshen up and get ready to start learning. They will have 2 days  time to settle down before they will be guided to their labs and classrooms.

Who will pick the campers from the Airport? What can campers expect upon their arrival ?

NIU Picks the campers from airport and take back,we call that airport chauffeur services. They will be welcomed by our AQLEM staff and supervisors from the NIU upon their arrival. AQLEM staff will guide the students to their dorms, labs, mess hall and other facilities. Also the camp will not commence the course immediately after the arrival of students, we understand they need some time to freshen up and get ready to start learning. They will have 2 days  time to settle down before they will be guided to their labs and classrooms.

What if our school want to join summer camp for 1 week?

School can join Stem-with-purpose summer program  for 1 week only(10 Total days, cost $2800 excl Air Ticket). it will be a 7 days program, but campers arrive  2 days before and depart1 day after.

What will AQLEM do for the approved students?

When School releases rest of money

  1. We pay University and get receipt saying payment received to the students
  2. We pay the insurance and give to the students the info
  3. We schedule the school counselor to speak with the travel agent to arrange the tickets for the group.
  4. We notify university of arrival airline date & time

   AQLEM pays for the chaperon travel if 17 students were arranged.

What are the documents required by students to get the Visa?

Documentation required by filled & readied by the students before the embassy visit are:

  1. Scan Copy of Passport Pages (First 4 pages and last pages, they need to be 10 pages empty and 1 year valid to go)
  2. Scan copy of birth certificate
  3. Payment proof (when they paid the school)
  4. Police Good Character report
  5. School Recommendation letter
  6. Current School Enrollment Proof
  7. School letter indicating program and who all going including chaperon
  8. University letter of approval

Additional Documents Required by AQLEM to start the process:

  1. AQLEM Website registration form (aqlem.org/form2)

Scanned small signature form that we will email to the student to complete and return scanned copy (PDF or Picture)

OR

10. Full pdf registration form, printed, signed and scanned (PDF or Picture per page)

What is the procedure for the students who have the Visa already?

We deduct $250 from total program cost if students have the US B-Visa already!

         Example: if the program fee is $2950, then the cost will be $2700 instead.

  1. Schools collect full $2700 amount of the program
  2. School sends us the deposit non-refundable of $150 (instead of  $250)
  3. once the university send letter of approval, the school sends us the rest of the remaining amount
  4. we pay the university, buy insurance, and schedule the schools with the travel agent

Schools sends us the amount in $$ value and can combine student payments.

Do you guarantee visa for students?

It is up to US embassy to finally grant the visa, if they don’t find any doubt in the process hopefully there will be no problem.

What will AQLEM be doing to ensure that maximum students get visa? What is required to apply for Visa?

AQLEM will hire a travel agency for handling visas. They will be training school and students how to handle embassy questions and review all their documents. Also the University will also contact the embassy to let them know which schools are coming  and which batches are coming with each school. University also have connections with congress, in case people are disapproved, they can make a request. The school itself will submit request to the embassy and inform that these batches are going as well.

The University issues welcome letter for each individual and also to the school listing all students and chaperones. The university also send a copy of letter addressed to school to the embassy so they would know school and students.

When the students will go to embassy they will also take both letters

1- Their own welcome letter

2- School’s welcome letter

Students age criteria, educational documents are required. For the visa, our officer for legal matters will approach you and help you and students.

What if campers want to meet their relatives outside the camp in America, are they allowed to see them? How are the security arrangements at the camp?

Safety of a student is our No.1 priority. That is why we do not allow any student to leave university or hostel premises without their supervisors. At AQLEM, students are our responsibility. However we allow student’s relatives to come and spend time with the kinds at the university with prior approval from the Director of the camp. Family and friends can also meet the camper at the campus in the evening.

We arrange a supervisor for every group of 5 students so that they can be easily monitored for their activity. Also university and hostel have their own security system that help protection of kids 24/7. We have alarms and fire extinguishers ready to deal with any emergency. There are no chances of emergencies however.

What university will our school be going to?

Your school has the option to go to two universities, Northern Illinois University and University of Wisconsin Waukesha.

What if our children are below the age limit you have provided?

Our experts developed this program for particular ages. Each student has a different level of understanding according to their age, so they can take interest in this program and activities. STEM program teaches them to get social with everyone, students below the age limit may have hard time to adjust. But a child can get exception if there is a difference of few months or even a year.

Do campers stay in the residence halls on campus?

NIU DeKalb campus

Campers reside and dine in a newly renovated residence hall on NIU’s campus in DeKalb, Illinois. The residence hall is air conditioned. Two campers share a room; campers may request a specific roommate. Linens and pillows are not provided. There is adult supervision at all times as camp counselors live in the residence hall alongside the campers.

NIU Lorado Taft campus

The weeks of July 5 and July 12, we will be staying at Lorado Taft Outdoor Education Center, a 141-acre campus near Oregon, IL. Middle school campers reside in bunkhouses, high school campers reside in rooms of 2-6 campers, and all dine family-style in the conference center dining hall. We will spend Friday on the NIU DeKalb campus, eating lunch in one of the residence halls, touring some labs, finalizing presentations and presenting work to parents.

What if campers end up staying longer days beyond the program for something out of the ordinary or health issue?

Then they have to bear their expense by themselves. Visa extend staying lodging food all should be managed by themselves

What expenses students have to bear?

Student have to bear air-travel expense, while moving downtown if they do shopping they have to bear their expense and if they eat or drink outside the AQLEM arranged meals and snacks it should owned by them.

What does the camp fee cover?

Yes, the camp fee covers university application, visa, embassy, Fed-Ex, tuition, health insurance, domestic travel, hands-on training, lodging, sightseeing, food, networking, career advice, AQLEM Gear, souvenirs, instruction, lab kits, and all other camp materials. However, campers will use their pocket money for any personal purchases.

What doesn’t the camp fee cover?

The camp fee does not cover visa related medical and background check expenses, International Airfare, or any other insurances e.g. travel or life.que.

What financial guarantees does AQLEM provide?

Money will be paid through an official bank arrangement and will not be touched on the other end until everything is finalized. If the visa is not issued, all money will be refunded except the initial deposit of $475.00.

Why should i choose AQLEM’s STEMWithPurpose camp?

In addition to the world class STEM education the student will receive while being in America, the student will also be given an opportunity to network with both peers from around Pakistan and American University Professor’s who will write letters of recommendation, for students who earn them. These will become huge assets when your student is ready to apply for college. The camper will also get an American stamp on their passport, which might be useful later on in life.

Is there an end of camp presentation or ceremony?

Yes, at 2 p.m. on the last Friday of camp week campers make short, group presentations on what they have done/learned during the week.

What should campers bring to camp?

Campers should bring casual clothes and comfortable, sturdy walking shoes. We also recommend campers bring an umbrella and/or rain gear and a sweater. Campers should bring towels, all personal hygiene necessities, their own personal pillow, bed linens, or a sleeping bag. They also might want to bring a small fan, a small radio, and extra money for snacks, souvenirs, etc.

What measures of safety and security are established to protect each and every student?

The university camp is organized and ran by dedicated professionals, and support staff. Campers will be supervised 24 hours a day [day, evening, night] and will not be allowed anywhere without an accompanying staff members.

Are campers able to leave the camp to meet their family and friends elsewhere or stay after the camp?

No. But with prior approval from the Director of the camp, family and friends can meet the camper at the campus in the evening.

My students have food allergies, how will that be handled?

Please, alert us to any food allergies and/or dietary restrictions on the health form. The student will be choosing food cafeteria style in the residence hall. She/he will need to be proactive in watching for allergens. If we provide snacks for special events, we will be sure to accommodate any allergies. The student should bring prescribed allergy medication as applicable.

What if student becomes sick while at the camp?

AQLEM provides temporary travel medical insurance to all the students. Campers are responsible for their co-payments as well as expenses beyond the insurance coverage. Note: You will be contacted to pick up your camper early from camp depending on the severity of the sickness. If that is not an option, the camper will be placed in a room by themselves and we will contact the student’s guardians to alert them of the sickness and for further guidance. Be sure to contact local Education Adviser about insurance related questions.

Are all camps residential? May campers leave at night and come back in the morning?

All AQLEM STEM-with-Purpose camps are residential and campers must stay overnight.

Where will campers sleep?

Campers will be sleeping on locked, secured floors. Males and females will be in separate dorms.

What are the age and gender restrictions?

This camp is open to campers male female campers ages 14-24; and male campers ages 14- 21

What is AQLEM Inc and where can we learn more about it?Is AQLEM Inc recognized by American Embassy Islamabad?

AQLEM is an acronym, which stands for American Quality Leadership and Educational Management. AQLEM Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Public Organization based in the United States. You can learn more about us feel free to log on to the  www.aqlem.org. US Embassy policy is to only recognize programs that US Government involved in. AQLEM Inc is an American based NGO that operated in USA. We are not arranging summer program in Pakistan that we have to get it recognized. We are welcoming students to America to join our program. So there is no need for us to get recognized.

What is required to apply for the camp? What about the visa formalities?

Students age criteria, educational documents and for visa our officer for legal matters will approach you and help you.

What can campers expect upon their arrival in STEM-with-purpose summer camp?

We have supervisors at the NIU and AQLEM staff who will guide the students on their dorms, labs, mess hall and other facilities. Also the camp will not start as the student reach there. They will have a good 2 days to settle down before they will be guided to their labs.

Who is the Guide at the camp?

NIU and AQLEM staff will be there 24×7 to help and guide students in the camp.

Is there any strategy on campers’ utilization of mobile phones at camp?

Campers will be allowed to use the mobile phones but should be switched off during the lectures.

What if we have children below the age limit you provide?

We developed this program for particular age limit because of their level of understanding to take interest in this program participate in activities and get social with everyone and if the student below the age they will get hard time to adjust there. But if there is only difference in months or a year then we can get exception.

Why don’t you provide air fare cost?

Because of the luxuries. Every person belongs to different background and different people want different luxuries for travel that’s why we decided not to include it in our package

We already have this program with some other organization with the cheaper cost so what is the difference between yours and theirs?

Because of our quality our motive and admiring your values. We are providing the top quality program that consists of education of great American professors, training sessions, visits, tours, Insured trip with full supervision of our trustworthy team. Our main motive to promote Pakistani Muslims to first world countries they have better potential than any other in these countries so why not provide them the ground which helps them to compete in fast streaming developed countries and contribute to the society. We respect your values and will provide a secured and safe environment for Muslims. We will not say anything about other organization but we respect your values.

Can parents go with their children?

We do not provide lodge services to parents. Parents can go by their own but they cannot live with students there.

Do you guarantee visa for students?

It is up to USA embassy if they don’t find any doubt in the process hopefully there will be no problem

We have little concern about food during the camp? Will that be Halal?

We provide 3 types of food options Halal, vegetarian and Kosher. So any student can entertain itself with type of food that suits them.

What measures of safety and security and established to protect each and every student?

The university camp is organized and ran by dedicated professionals, and support staff. Campers will be supervised 24 hours a day [day, evening, night] and will not be allowed anywhere without an accompanying staff members.

What is your Refund policy? If any student is not able to join program due to some reason?

If there is any specific reason student can discuss with us. We will offer this opportunity to him/her next year only he has to pay visa fee because embassy cannot refund fees.

What about the Air ticketing? Will this be included in the package, otherwise it will be very expensive for us?

No it is not including in the package. If you do comparison price with the services we are providing you will not find it expensive. Don’t compare us with other programs compare our services with other programs services.

What if any student doesn’t succeed in achieving visa?

AQLEM will hire an agency to help students achieve visas for students and AQLEM will help students in every way possible for achieving visas. Also no student will be paying anything except the visa processing fee before the visa gets approved. If any student got rejected by embassy for any reason fee will be reimbursed except tax and embassy fee.