Living in a new country can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Before applying for a homestay, please read the information carefully to be sure that what we offer will suit you.
1. Read about ABODE Homestays
When? Right now
Details - Read all of the information in this web site to be sure our program is right for you. You are responsible for understanding all the details of the site, including the Homestay agreement. Then, decide whether you want the Traditional Homestay or the Bed & Breakfast Homestay.
If you have questions, please Contact Us.
2. Apply for a homestay
When? At least one month before you plan to arrive. The earlier, the better.
Details - Complete the online application carefully and completely. The more information you give us, the better the placement we can make for you. Read the homestay agreement contanied within the homestay application, carefully. You will receive confirmation that we have received your application. Applications will not be processed without payment of the application/placement fees and deposit. Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and you may have to stay in a hotel (at your own expense) if you apply too late.
3. Learn about your homestay hosts
When? Usually, two to three weeks before your arrival or the start of the school quarter.
Details - We will send you biographical data about your homestay hosts. You are welcome to contact your hosts directly by email or phone prior to your arrival. If you are in the area, usually, you may have an opportunity to visit them before you move in. During that meeting, please ask questions to make sure that you will be comfortable in their home. If you are not in the Puget Sound area, your first chance to meet your hosts will be at the Seatac airport when you arrive, or at the homestay if an ABODE representative greets you at the Seatac airport.
4. Contact ABODE
When? At least three working days before your arrival. The earlier you confirm your arrival plans the better.
Details - Contact ABODE to inform us of your arrival information so that we can meet your flight if you are arriving alone. It is important that you confirm this information as soon as possible. If there are any changes in your flight, or if you miss your flight to Seattle, notify ABODE as soon as possible by please calling the ABODE office during business hours of 9:30AM - 4:30PM Monday thru Friday or for outside of office hours, call the emergency number given to you on the placement email we send you. If there is no answer, please leave a detailed message with your name and your host family's name (do not email last minute changes) . Check Arrival for details on airport pickup. Note: Airport pickup is not guaranteed if you have not informed ABODE of your arrival details at least three working days before your arrival. Please read all emails and attachments from ABODE carefully regarding airport pickups.
5. Move into your homestay
When? Upon your arrival or on the date you requested
Details - When you move into your homestay, it is your responsibility to contact ABODE if you have any questions, concerns, or problems.
Important: If you request to move because you are not comfortable with your host, ABODE will first try to mediate the situation and see if it can be improved or resolved. If the situation does not improve or cannot be resolved then ABODE will work on finding you a different homestay at no extra charge during the first six months of your homestay. We wish to afford the chance to have the host and student try to improve or resolve the situation if possible before making any homestay changes to have the least amount of disruption. If you will be attending a school on the academic quarter system, we ask that you stay in our homestay program for a minimum of one academic quarter or about three months. If you plan to move to an apartment within your first three months, please do not choose the ABODE homestay program. If you decide to cancel your homestay and move to an apartment in the first 30 days, please read our cancellation policy.