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4-H T.R.A.I.L.

Teen Russian/American International Leadership Program

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The 4-H Teen Russian/American International Leadership (T.R.A.I.L.) program began in 2003 as a youth/adult partnership through Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Through the T.R.A.I.L. program, American teens travel with 4-H staff to teach English using adventure activities during a two week overnight summer camp. Camps are located in various locations in Russia, but primarily in the Moscow area and the Altay region of Siberia.

Before leaving the US, teens are trained in 4-H 101, Ages and Stages of Youth Development, the Russian culture, and facilitating adventure activities.

Since its inception, 5 American teens have taught in the former Soviet Union and 2 Russian teens have volunteered at the Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp in New Jersey.


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences