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Great Britain

Great Britain, sometimes used interchangeably with the United Kingdom, is a group of countries made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Great Britain is a network of islands located to the north of continental Europe. The United States was once ruled by Great Britain, up until the Revolutionary War. Because of these close ties, there are many basic similarities between the United States and Great Britain. Even though there is so [Read more...]

Great Britain, sometimes used interchangeably with the United Kingdom, is a group of countries made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Great Britain is a network of islands located to the north of continental Europe.

The United States was once ruled by Great Britain, up until the Revolutionary War. Because of these close ties, there are many basic similarities between the United States and Great Britain. Even though there is some cultural overlap, hosting an au pair from Great Britain will give you and your family a wonderful learning experience.

General Facts About Great Britain

You will learn many interesting things about the countries of Great Britain when you welcome your au pair into your home. Here are just a few:

  • The population of Great Britain is around 63.7 million.
  • Since Great Britain is made up of multiple countries, it has several capitals. London is the capital of England, Edinburgh of Scotland, Cardiff for Wales and Belfast in Northern Ireland.
  • Many sports were invented here, including golf, cricket, soccer, rugby and boxing.
  • The different countries within Great Britain are all united under the same government but all have unique cultural identities.

When you host an au pair from the UK, you'll learn so much about their culture and way of life.

Family Life and Children in Great Britain

Similar to the United States, the nuclear family is a common structure in Great Britain. However, that family structure is also changing. Most British households are small, allowing them greater mobility and less financial stress on the family.

Families in Great Britain teach their children to be independent and self-reliant from the very beginning. This type of upbringing gives your au pair from Great Britain the skills they need to learn a new environment and take on their responsibilities easily and enthusiastically.

Driving Skills

Residents of Great Britain can get their driving license when they are 17 years old. They first must pass a written exam and then a practical exam to receive their full driver's license.

Education

The education system in Great Britain is very similar to that of the United States. They have primary, secondary and higher education levels. Students may enroll in state schools or independent schools. Children in Great Britain are required to stay in school at least until they are 16, but many stay in school until they are 18. Most students enroll at a university as well.

Communication and Language Skills

The official language of Great Britain is English. However, there are also many regional languages and dialects spoken in the different regions of the country. There are also many different languages spoken in cities by immigrant citizens.

Religion

The official religion of Great Britain is Christianity. They have churches for many different denominations, just like the United States. Other common religions in Great Britain are Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism.

Diet

Today, people in Great Britain and the United States enjoy many of the same foods. However, Great Britain has many more traditional dishes that are not found in the United States. Some popular dishes are toad in the hole, cottage pie, Yorkshire pudding, shepherd's pie and bangers and mash.

Hosting a British Au Pair

If you are thinking of hosting an au pair from England or another country in Great Britain, EurAupair is here to help you through the entire process. We will help you look through the profiles of our British au pairs and assist with the interviewing process as well. When you welcome an au pair into your home, you want her to be the right fit. We will help you find the perfect addition to your family.

Please contact us today to get started on this exciting adventure!

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