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South America
Capital: Montevideo
Languages: Spanish, Portunol, Brazilero
Useful links: Kids Culture Corner: Uruguay | CIA World Factbook

The following information is generalized and compiled from questions posed to the agents and interviewers in Uruguay. Although au pairs from this country may or may not have had these experiences/beliefs, Au Pair in America wishes to share this general information with our families.

  • The idea of being an au pair is becoming common in Uruguay.
  • Applicants from Uruguay are motivated by travel and education opportunities.
  • The job potential of an au pair improves upon her return to Uruguay.
  • Applicants sometimes have difficulty affording the program fees.
  • Young people in Uruguay have the freedom of their family to socialize and date.
  • Curfews are not common.
  • Young women are accustomed to sharing in household chores.
  • Nudity is practiced only at dedicated beaches.
  • Uruguayans describe themselves as quiet, discreet, and educated.
  • Common discipline techniques include verbal reprimands.
  • Physical discipline is not common in Uruguay.
  • Applicants obtain childcare experience through formal schooling and babysitting.
  • Usually both parents share the childrearing responsibilities.
  • It is common for both parents to work and be away from home during the day.
  • The minimum driving age is age 18. Most applicants obtain their driving license at age  18.
  • A driving license is not difficult to obtain.
  • The steps involved in obtaining a driving license in Uruguay include:
    • Theoretical test
    • Driving lessons
    • Practical test
    • Fees
  • The International driving permit is available.
  • Applicants typically take formal driving lessons and practice driving using their parents’ car.
  • Most cars have manual transmissions.
  • English is compulsory in private schools.
  • Many applicants take classes ate an English Institute.
  • Approximately 2% of young women continue their studies at university.
  • Those who do not attend university seek employment or get married and start a family.
  • The academic year in Uruguay starts in March and ends in December.
  • The educational opportunities of the Au Pair in America program are very important to applicants.
  • The most common inoculations are tetanus and BCG.
  • Most young women are inoculated and tested for TB (tuberculosis).
  • Uruguay has a free health service.
  • Most young women visit the dentist on a regular basis, though it is expensive.
  • “Eating disorders” are not common, but do occur.
  • Most young people in Uruguay eat meat.
  • Vegetarianism is not common.
  • The most common religion in Uruguay is Catholic.
  • Most young people in Uruguay do not practice their religion regularly.
  • Most homes have a telephone and a computer with access to the Internet.
  • Family members may not be able to take a message in English from a potential host family.

"The flexibility the program affords us is outstanding. With other child care options, I always felt I was accommodating their schedule instead of my own."

Jill, host parent
New Jersey

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