Todo viaje al exterior nos da una mirada diferente de las
personas, de su mundo, de su entorno, de su manera de
ver las cosas. Difícil de comprender a veces pero sin
duda, muy valioso de conocer.

Mirando el viaje desde este lugar y con la premisa de no dejar pasar esta
maravillosa oportunidad de recibir respuestas acerca de la cultura inglesa
desde adentro, los estudiantes se dedicaron a entrevistar a sus familias
anfitrionas para conocer acerca de cuestiones como: rituales de casamiento y de funerales, un día típico en la rutina de una persona británica, la vida
universitaria (carreras, costos, etc.), el servicio de salud (acerca del cual
pudimos ver algunas diferencias ,por ejemplo en el rol de los farmacéuticos).

Movidos por la curiosidad, logramos respuestas y las trajimos para compartirlas con ustedes, algunas en la voz de las protagonistas, algunas por el medio escrito.

  • Characteristics of an English wedding ceremony (Stag/ hen night, average age to get married, a typical ceremony, average age to have chidren,etc)
    • Close friends and family of the couple meet around 2 pm at the church. The ceremony takes about 30 minutes
    • There is a meal called “ wedding breakfast” .Only for close friends and family
    • In the evening there is a wedding reception. There, people who went to the wedding breakfast go and also more people
    • Approximately people get married at the age of 30.
    • Hen/Stag night
  • A funeral (What´s the procedure?Where does it normally take place? At home? At a special place as in Argentina?,Do the family stay there? How long? Is cremation usual? Graveyards?)
    • There are a lot of graveyards. Important people are taken in an expensive car (like the one in the picture). Funerals last between 7 to 10 days after the person has passed away. Some ceremonies are in a church and some in houses. Cremation is usual.
  • The health service (How does it work? Public? Private? What´s the role of the pharmacist?)
    • The National Health Service is a public service. The British people contribute with part of their salary which allows medical attention for them when needed. A pharmacist distributes medication to people. They are the ones who can be in charge of minor illnesses.
  • Studying at the University (How long do careers last in average? How much does it cost? How do you choose the university? Or you
    can´t choose?)
    • Around 9000 pounds a year
    • It´s really difficult to enter Oxford University, having all A´s is not enough, you need to play instruments, do sports, do charity for example.
    • There´s a center of universities UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission System). You submit your “CV” and the center sends it to five universities of your preference
    • After you are accepted to some of them, you have to choose two
    • When you get your grades, you send them to those universities and you choose one, or they choose you
    • The day after there is the so called “Clearing Day” where all the places left are available for people who didn´t get to any university.