Please treat this lodge as you would your own home.
Please change your shoes when you enter. This will lessen your cleaning duty.
Please clean you own bedroom. Ask if you are unsure where the relevant equipment is located.
Wash your own clothes and do your own ironing. Do not leave washing outside after drying, remember others need to use the drying area also. Buy your own washing powder.
Do not stay in the bathroom for more than 10-15 minutes. Most people can shower within this length of time.
Clean the bathroom after you use it and please don’t track water out of the bathroom.
Clean the kitchen area after you use it. Wash your dirty dishes and wipe the counter.
Use your own toiletries (e.g. toothpaste, soap). How would you feel if someone used yours things without asking you first? Keep them in your room when not using them.
Ask permission from the other students before you invite others to your home.
Other students should not stay over late at night. Some students have early class and need to sleep early.
No overnight guests.
Speak as much English as possible. Your English will improve quicker if you do.
Turn TV and lights off at night and when not needed.
All Air-Conditioners are to be switched off when you are not in the room.
Always lock the doors when leaving and coming back home. This is a safe area but don’t invite problems in with an open door.
Communicate with the Homestay family, and ask questions if anything is not understood. Participate in the family activities and offer to help with household chores such as meal preparation
and clean up, tidying up after using living areas that are shared with the family etc.
Keep bedroom clean and orderly, not leaving clothes or towels lying around on the floor or under the bed.
Take extra care with your house key. (i.e. Do not loan your key to anyone else.)
Use a phone card for making long distance phone calls if calling from the Homestay phone.
Supply own personal toiletries: toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc.
Ask for permission when attending activities and events outside of the normal scope of the Homestay family routine – like missing dinner, going to a friend’s home, having a friend stay over,
etc. If you are not sure, please check with the Homestay family or Homestay Coordinator.
Work hard to adapt to Malaysian culture.
Respect the rights, privacy and the religious and political beliefs of each of the members of the household.
If coming home later than expected, you must phone the homestay family as soon as possible to let them know.
Follow the Homestay family house rules, failure to do so will result in a first warning, any further breach of the homestay rules will result in the student being removed from the Homestay
without refund and the student will either be sent home or must find their own accommodation.
Not smoke or bring alcohol into the home without the permission of the Homestay family. The use of illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages is strictly forbidden. Most families do not allow
smoking in their homes. Never smoke in your homestay.
Inform the Homestay family about your family of your schedule for the day/week and also your estimated time of return when you go out.
Submit homestay payments direct to GEC only, not to the Homestay family. Full payment to be made in advanced prior to your arrival in Homestay or for those already staying in Homestay and
extending, outstanding payments are to be made at least 2 weeks before your checkout date, if continuing your stay. See Homestay coordinator for payment due dates.
Acquire complete medical insurance coverage either prior to leaving my country or upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu. GEC and the Homestay family cannot assume responsibility for expenses incurred
from a student's illness or other medical liabilities.
Abide by the terms and conditions found on the GEC website and in this agreement realizing that failure to do so may result in removal from the program and in the case of custodianship
students being sent home.
Do your best to make the Homestay experience positive. Remember: The Homestay family is offering their home and volunteering their time. They will treat you as a member of their family, with
respect and courtesy and in return expect the same of you. You are not staying in a hotel.
Please make sure all windows and entry/exits are closed and locked when not in the apartment, this includes the balcony doors for the units which have balconies.
Do not be noisy in the room.
No flame in the room.
Please change your shoes when you enter.
Please store the valuable things(passport, money and etc) in the suitcase and make sure its locked. Please note that cleaner will do the cleaning for the rooms and kitchen area, and the linen
will be changed once a week.