An Albanian Refugee Advocates for Exchange


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When Ilir Zherka was growing up in the Bronx, hip hop and break dancing were his main interests. But as an Albanian refugee, there was something else that permeated his family and community: political activism and civic duty.

While he’s not break dancing as much as he used to, Ilir’s early experiences with activism inspired him to embark on his political and nonprofit career.

Learn more about what it was like growing up in the Bronx in the 70s and Ilir’s advocacy work as Executive Director of the Alliance for International Exchange.

All of this and more on this latest edition of Voices of InterExchange.

Mark Overmann Mark Overmann

After studying in France and teaching in China, Mark was hooked on cultural exchange. He's worked in the field of international education and exchange for 15 years, and is InterExchange's Vice President of External Affairs.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
Exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network for J-1 Visa sponsorship of internships in the U.S.
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation