Flying to the Puget Sound area

ABODE makes arrangements for airport pickups from the Seatle-Tacoma International airport only. The Sea-Tac Homestay familyairport is about 10 miles (17 kilometers) south of downtown Seattle and 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Tacoma.

Airport Pickup

If you choose to have ABODE Homestay arrange for your airport pickup from the Sea-Tac airport, ABODE will send details to you with your finalized placement details. Airport pickups will likely be done by your host, an ABODE representative, or by a third party that may include but are not limited to taxis and shuttles.If you choose to find your own transportation from the airport to the homestay, then please make sure to keep constant communication with both ABODE and your homestay host regarding your arrival plans so that the host will be home to welcome you.

Please note: if the homestay applicant is accompanied by family or friends, then all persons (including the applicant) should make hotel reservations in advance. ABODE does not make arrangements for airport pickups when an applicant arrives with family/friends. Please go directly to the hotel with your family or friends and your host will make arrangements for you to visit their home. The homestay applicant should not start a homestay until their family/friends leave the Puget Sound.

Important: If you miss your connection or will not arrive as scheduled, you are responsible for reporting unexpected changes to us immediately.There may be additional incurred airport pickup fees. Please do not email us last-minute changes. Please call our office at (206) 527-8654 during business hours of 9:30AM - 4:30PM and leave a message, or call our emergency cell phone at (206) 719-1755 after business hours.

Blackout Dates

Homestays cannot begin (and airport pickup service is not available) on the dates listed below.

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 in advance. Although ABODE does not offer to make arrangements for pickups at these methods of travel, we will need the information to facilitate the application and placement process.

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 for everyone including the homestay guest as well as airport pickup arrangements to go straight to the hotel from the airport. The host may 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. 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 function 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.

If you are not comfortable in your homestay, contact us by phone or e-mail. We would be glad to talk with you about your homestay issues. We check our messages frequently during business hours, and we welcome the opportunity to help you make the most of your homestay experience!

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