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
Details Fill out the Application carefully and completely. The more information you give us, the better placement we can make for you. Read and sign the homestay agreement. Mail your completed and signed paperwork to our office with your check or money order, or fax it to us with your credit card information. You will receive confirmation that we have received your application within ten working days. Applications will not be processed without the fees. 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? Two to three weeks before your arrival
Details We will send you a biography that describes 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, you will 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 airport when you arrive.
4. Contact ABODE
When? At least three working days before your arrival
Details Contact ABODE to inform us of your arrival information so that we can meet your flight. 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, please call the office to notify us or leave a message (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.
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, we will place you with a different host at no extra charge during the first six months of your homestay. If you will be attending a school on the academic quarter system, we ask that you stay in homestay for a minimum of three months. If you plan to move to an apartment in your first three months, please do not choose homestay. If you decide to cancel your homestay and move to an apartment in the first 30 days, please read our cancellation policy.