Not only do seasonal workers support the community by filling the local seasonal employment void; experiencing vibrant cultural exchange also creates an enriching community, brimming with diversity. With over thirty countries represented in IRH housing facilities, lifelong connections are made between the local community and the rest of the world. The local community experiencing other corners of the world doesn’t end with the conclusion of an international visa worker or seasonal employment contract. Both international students and locals carry the long-term impact of cultural diversity beyond a season of high tourist foot traffic.
One of the unique ways that IRH facilitates a deeper connection between our residents and our community is through our International Angels program (*hyperlink*). Since the program began in 2022, International Angels has found unique ways to connect and give back to the community that they get to call “home” throughout their time at IRH.

“The people here are so kind they make me feel like I’m home. i work all day and its nice to come to friendly face and fun events that go on.”

Carlos Robledo


“IRH is very professional yet so much like a family, you treat us so nicely and always greet me with a good morning and a smile. The cleanliness is aways good so fresh and nice. it’s a friendly and welcoming environment. We are treated so well at IRH with such trustworthy staff.”

Ann Marie Charlton


“IRH Pigeon Forge has given me many chances to meet new people and cultural exchange by learning a 3rd language, trying food from different countries, and promoting my country (Jamaica). I also had a great opportunity like getting to play soccer for Tornado FC.  My most special moment was when I joined the International Angels and I truly have enjoyed being apart of and giving back to the local communities. IRH is my Home Away From Home.”

Ricardo Smith


“I am happy to be staying at IRH. It’s a comfortable place to live and the people at the front desk are friendly. I enjoy having a kitchen that we can use 24 hours a day.”

Licelot Carrasco Guerrero

Dominican Republic

“IRH is a great experience, the building is so clean and brand new. The best part is the teamwork. The people, they are wonderful and so friendly. They are great, I always get a greeting when I see the staff at the front desk.”

Warren Pujols

Dominican Republic

“I have met a lot of new people here. I love being able to cook and hangout with my new friends in big spaces like the common areas and outside in the courtyard. Also IRH is right near my workplace so I don’t have far transportation. I like being here a lot.”

Jirameth Kittavornsakul