Guest House

Your Home Away From Home

About Us

We celebrate over 50 years of loving hospitality the International Guest House has shown in this city to guests from around the globe.

We celebrate the 55,000+ strangers who have been welcomed here for a night or two of rest. Strangers from Germany, Japan and Jordan - from Israel, Iran and England Russia, Egypt and China Canada and Denmark .... and 150 other countries!

We welcome new strangers to break bread with us, bring laughter and love to our guest house, ask curious questions about an unfamiliar city, tell us their stories, and teach us.

We are called to love the stranger among us, Remembering that we are strangers and pilgrims in the land.

Our Mission

The International Guest House is a non-profit house owned and maintained by the Allegheny Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

It exists to show the love of Christ through the ministry of hospitality to guests from all over the world. 

The mission includes the following:

  • To provide hospitality to the stranger as Christ suggests we do in Matthew 25:35, “I was a stranger and you took me in.”
  • To provide our guests with secure, clean, short-term lodging; to provide a warm welcome, friendship, and to show what it means to be Christian in the Mennonite tradition.
  • To provide guests the opportunity to gather and engage in friendly, cultural and religious conversation at the breakfast table and evening tea.
  • To provide service opportunities for Mennonite and other volunteers who are committed to the mission of Christian hospitality that is IGH.

Our Guest House Prompts Poetry, 9/9/2007


Special place to work

The Guest House is a safe space that welcomes the stranger wherever that person may be in his or her journey. The willingness of our volunteers to open their hearts to be available is what makes the International Guest House special. The house operates with a host couple (or partners) - who organize and manage the household for a twelve month period - as well as three other individuals. The work consists of cleaning, baking, gardening, and responding to the needs of our guests. Short term volunteers are accepted for 1-6 months (training takes 2 weeks).

Amazing experience

Volunteers interact daily at breakfast and evening tea time with guests of all ages, welcoming the stranger and meeting each person where he or she is in life, and being an able listener to their stories. Volunteers reside in close proximity with one another. Sharing space can be challenging to adjust to at times, however, becoming acquainted with others and working together in a Christ-centered community is enriching and even life changing for some.

Cool Benefits

All volunteers receive free room and board. The host couple has a private bedroom and bath. Other volunteer staff have private rooms on the 2nd floor, but share bathroom facilities with the guests. Stipend and health insurance paid to one year volunteers. We work hard to ensure a full staff of volunteers so that there is flexibility in scheduling the work and having time off. DC offers endless opportunities to explore museums, national monuments, and the arts. The Atlantic Ocean and the Shenandoah Mountains are only three hours away!

Volunteer with Us!


sfretzgoering [at]


Ask Sara for an Application


+1 (202)-726-5808


1441 Kennedy Street NW Washington, D.C. 20011

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“From the tea to the conversations and music to advice and cozy beds...

“....this was all I could have hoped for and more.”

Daniel from Canada


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