ABODE makes every effort to be fair
and equitable to both
hosts and homestay guests. Homestay guests and hosts are required to
agree to certain homestay guidelines. Please consider the agreement
carefully, to ensure you are willing and able to fully participate in
Three months minimum:
We expect homestay guests to stay in their homestay at least an
quarter (three months). The homestay is not just a convenient place to
temporarily while you search for an apartment. Hosts put a lot of
welcoming you and helping you learn your way around the area. In
expect you to participate in the host's daily life for a minimum of
weeks' notice: By signing the Homestay
Agreement, you promise to try homestay for one academic term (usually 3
months). After that, if you would like to move to an apartment, you
your host family at least two weeks' notice. This means that your have
host for two weeks' from the date you inform them you are moving. Even
choose to move out before the end of two weeks, the hosts must be paid
full two weeks. Don't wait to tell them your plans on moving; hosts
know in advance what is happening in their home.
families: Homestay guests who are having trouble in their homestay
welcome to call or email ABODE. We welcome the opportunity to make the
experience rewarding for homestay guests and hosts alike. Your first
the homestay is considered a trial period. It may be that the homestay
for you does not meet your needs. After we discuss it with you, we
glad to choose a different homestay for you and arrange for you to
move. We do
not expect you to stay in an uncomfortable situation, and we will make
effort to move you as quickly as possible. We will move you to a
host, free of charge, within your first six months of your homestay.
that, you will need to pay another placement fee.
hosts reflect our cultural diversity, and each host is different. We
from various ethnic groups, socio-economic levels, religions, and
What our hosts have in common is a willingness to open their homes to
from different cultures. Although we are committed to making
comfortable homestay matches, we cannot accommodate requests for hosts
specific racial background, of a specific religion, with a specific
children, or any other characteristic. Please be open to experiencing
cultural diversity we are so proud of.
Host's home rules:
Each host has a unique lifestyle, and as a result will have a unique
household rules. You are expected to follow these rules as a member of
family. Your host will explain the rules when you arrive. These rules
include what chores each household member is responsible for, whether
invite your friends over, how late you can receive phone calls, and
might be allowed to smoke. Most homestay guests seem to adapt easily to
hosts' lifestyles, just as hosts have made many adjustments in their
accommodate international homestay guests.
Your payment: You
are responsible to pay your host a monthly stipend. The rate is
ABODE information (and on the website), and is not negotiable. Your
payment is due each month on the date you moved in, in full and on
contact us immediately if you have any questions regarding your
Moving out: When
you move out, you must return your key, provide your new contact
(for forwarding mail and phone calls), and leave your room as clean as
when you moved in. You are also responsible for any damages caused by
Homestays, Inc. makes every effort to ensure their homestay guests'
comfort. ABODE cannot be held liable for damages due to problems
members of the host family and the homestay guest, but the ABODE staff
to help mediate and suggest compromises which are fair to all parties.
You are responsible for your own
personal belongings. While
we screen our hosts carefully and believe they are trustworthy, it is
good idea to keep large amounts of cash or other high-priced, uninsured
valuables in your room. Neither ABODE nor your host will be responsible
loss or damage of your personal belongings, unless proved to be caused
member of the host family. Any disputes or questions should be directed
ABODE. We cannot help you if you don't let us know there is a problem.
available in case of emergencies 7 days a week.
or questions should be directed to ABODE. We cannot help you if you
don’t let us know there is a problem. We are available in case of
emergencies 7 days a week.
have read and understood the above contract. I understand that by
this contract, I am responsible for the rules outlined in
it. I agree to participate in the homestay program to the best of my
I hereby request ABODE to
make an appropriate homestay placement for me based on the information
contained in this application.