The expat community in Panama is growing faster and faster each day, and with it so do the everyday conveniences and amenities geared specifically towards expats. These include a variety of clubs and social organizations including a number of charitable groups, newspapers, schools, and even an English Speaking radio Station. These lines for communication and networking can make all the difference in a successful integration to life in Panama. The following is a summary of different groups and services geared toward expats:
English Speaking Radio Station:
- Ultra Stereo 98.9 FM: This channel features a variety of talk shows, music by request as well as reports on local news and events in general. They currently have an audience of over 150,000 people per day, and can reached at the following number: 263-5365 as well as viewed on-line with streaming
English Newspapers and News Sources:
- The Panama Edition by La Prensa: This is Panama’s only daily, English newspaper. La Prensa, Panama’s leading newspaper has joined forces with The Miami Herald with the launch of The Panama Edition of the Miami Herald, a new section of local news. The directors of the newspaper pointed out that the partnership seeks to strengthen the strategic relationship between these two important newspapers and also marks an important step in integrating the growing English-speaking community in Panama in the life of the country as a whole The Panama Edition will offer a selection of the most relevant local news in the areas of politics, economics, business, tourism, sports entertainment and more.
- The Panama Guide: is the #1 English Language website about the Republic of Panama. There are currently 5,617 articles in our ever-expanding database and we update daily so check back often. About 4,000 people visit Panama-Guide.com every day to follow current events and to use the other resources available. We provide English language news about Panama as well as information about all of the other things you need to know if you plan to visit or live here. We focus on those topics and issues which are of greatest importance to the English speaking expatriate community. And if you can’t find what you need to know, we take requests. Welcome aboard, and tell your friends.
- Focus Panama - a free tourism oriented publication, which covers most of the most popular tourism destinations. A fold out map helps guide you through the city streets. This publication is printed in both English and Spanish twice a year.
- The Panama Visitor: - printed bimonthly, this full color newspaper is contains material in Spanish & English. More tourism oriented that the Panama News, the Panama Visitor contains articles pertaining to tourism destinations and local issues.
- The Panama News - what began in 1994 as a free-distribution tabloid, The Panama News is now an online English newspaper. New issues are uploaded on the second and forth weekend of each month, cover the news and culture of Panama, and serve an English-speaking community with both West Indian and North American roots and a lot of people who use English as a second language.
- The Bocas Breeze - The Bocas Breeze is published monthly has news and information about living, doing business, and visiting Bocas Del Toro. Free copies are distributed at airports, hotels, restaurants and various retail locations throughout Bocas del Toro, Panama City, David and Boquete.
English Speaking Schools:
- Balboa Academy Based in Clayton, within the city of knowledge.
- Cross Roads Christian Academy
- St Mary’s School
- The Oxford School * British Curriculum
- The International School of Panama
- The Oxford International School * British Curriculum
- The City of Knowledge * is an international complex for education, research, and innovation. It has been developed to promote and facilitate synergy between universities, scientific research centers, businesses, and international organizations. The City of Knowledge is governed by a private, non-profit organization, The City of Knowledge Foundation, which was created in 1995.
English Based Organizations and Clubs:
- These clubs vary from charitable organizations such as the Elks Lodge which focuses on helping the blind and offers several scholarships each year. They also have monthly events which include 4th of July cookouts, Super bowl parties, and farewell to dry season get together.
- The American Society which provides discounts to social events and sends out newsletters and notifications to members.
- The Navy League which is a non profit military-oriented association dedicated to developing good community relations as well as to support the men and women of the sea services, and their families.
- The Abou Saad Shriners which is dedicated to the benefit of children.
- Who’s new of Panama whose primary purpose is to welcome newcomers to Panama, provide assistance in orientation, promote friendships and culture among women of all nationalities and encourage participation in community activities.