Arrival

Flying to the Puget Sound area

Sea-Tac Homestay familyairport is about 10 miles (17 kilometers) south of downtown Seattle and 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Tacoma.

See maps of the Puget Sound area (Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia).

Airport Pickup

Your homestay host or a representative from ABODE will meet your flight and drive you to your homestay. There is no extra charge for this service for homestay guests.

Please note: if the homestay applicant is accompanied by family or friends, then all persons should make hotel reservations in advance. We will NOT be able to meet the homestay applicant at the airport. Please go directly to the hotel with your family or friends and your host will make arrangements for you to visit their home.


  1. International Flights: We will meet you at the Baggage Claim area for international flights, Baggage Carousel number 1. Please wait there.
  2. Domestic Flights (within the US): We will meet you at your airline's Baggage Carousel. This includes Air Canada flights through Vancouver, which use United's Carousel number 15.
  3. Important: If you miss your connection or will not arrive as scheduled, you are responsible for reporting unexpected changes to us immediately. Please do not email us last-minute changes. Please call our office at (206) 527-8654 24 hours/day and leave a message, or call our cell phone at (206) 719-1755 if it is urgent.

Blackout Dates

Homestays cannot begin (and airport pickup service is not available) on the dates listed below. If you arrive on the dates listed below, you will need to stay in a hotel until your homestay is available. See a list of hotels.

Thanksgiving Day 
4th Thursday in November
Christmas Eve    
December 24
Christmas Day December 25
Day after Christmas December 26 (afternoon arrivals OK)
New Year's Eve December 31
New Year's Day January 1
Independence Day
July 4

Other Arrivals

If you will arrive in the Puget Sound area by another method (bus, train, car, etc.), please let us know so we can meet you.

Getting Settled

You will have many things to do in your first week, including getting over jet lag. Your host, your school advisor, and ABODE can help you with some of these things.

  1. Family and friends accompanying the homestay guest cannot stay at the homestay. Please make hotel reservations and separate airport pickup arrangements. The host will invite family members to the home for a visit.
  2. If your family members or friends visit your homestay, please be careful not to make your homestay hosts feel they are being inspected or judged.
  3. In US culture, the homestay relationship is between the homestay guest and the host. We try to treat the homestay guests as adults and allow them to learn the skills they need to get along in the US. Part of the homestay guest's experience of living abroad is learning how to deal with challenges, adapting to ways of living that are different from what they know, and learning to see the value of the cross-cultural experience. We believe it is good for the homestay guest to have these experiences and that it is not helpful when their family members or friends intervene.
  4. Please remember that at ABODE, we are very careful about the hosts we place homestay guests with, and that we are always available if any problems arise.


Important:
If you are not comfortable in your homestay, contact us by phone or e-mail. We would be glad to make an appointment to meet you at your school and talk about your homestay issues. We check our messages frequently every day, and we welcome the opportunity to help you make the most of your homestay experience!


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