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Our Residents

Serving our residents is our first priority. We are dedicated to providing safe accommodations and facilitating a positive cultural exchange experience. We love getting to know the students, hosting events (dance-offs, talent shows, classes, and more).

Ricardo Smith


Finding employees is challenging. Housing employees is even more challenging. We do what we do so that employers can focus on operations and growing your business. IRH eases the employer’s administrative burden of finding, managing and monitoring their student workers housing conditions and safety.

Aaron Matteson
Director of Human Resources
Mt. Olympus Resort

communities IRH serves


Not only do J1 international students support the community by filling the local seasonal employment void; experiencing vibrant cultural exchange creates an enriching community, brimming with diversity, too. With over thirty nations represented in the IRH housing facilities, lifelong connections are made between the local community and the rest of the world.

Daniel testimonial

Chief Daniel Hardman
Chief of Police and Emergency Services Village of Lake Delton

"IRH has been a completely game changer, not just because the International Host are safe and they have a modern and reliable place to live, they are able to provide the best customer service to our guest due to their living conditions and we see it every day in the job they perform. Before the Residence Hall was available we had to limit the number of International we could hire and it was time consuming for me and my team to find a safe and reliable place for them to stay.”

Melisa Lewis
HR Employment Coordinator SDC


"Housing is THE KEY to promoting your area employers. Sponsors will limit or won’t allow J1 placements in communities with poor or limited housing. Intrax and the Department of State considers IRH, and the Wilderness and Kalahari dorms as the Gold Standard for the J1 Summer Work Travel Program to stay.”

Stacie Tollaksen
Regional Accounts Director, INTRAX Work Travel


“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