Moving to Panama with Kids – Livestream Replay

Moving to Panama with children presents a few extra challenges you will need to figure out before you make the move. You’ll need to determine if the kids will go to an international school, public school, or if you will do homeschooling. There is no one right answer, it depends on your children’s personality and your budget. Some international schools are expensive so you will definitely want to research the cost and availability of international schools in the area you are interested in.

You’ll also want to move to an area that has plenty of other children for your kids to play with. And you need to learn about social activities available for your children in the area you want to move to. Some churches offer activities for children.

Setting the right attitude with your children about how this is a new adventure will help a lot too! Be sure to research how they can do video chats with friends and family back home too!

This is exactly what Lauren and Cory did when they moved to Gorgona Panama with their three children. Watch the replay of the Livestream to learn more:

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Sadly, some parents put their interests above the happiness of their children. I know a family who moved to a gated community in Boquete so they would have access to the gym, golf, and pool. Their daughter was miserable because there were no other children around. She was never exposed to meeting other children (Panamanians or expats). She was so unhappy that the family is moving back to the United States.

Another family moved to Playa Blanca which is an affordable beach community about 30-minutes west of Coronado. They had always dream of living at the beach. But their son, Pryce, was miserable! He was the only kid in the whole community. When his Mom asked what he wanted for his birthday, he said I just want some friends. They moved the next month to neighborhood where there are plenty of other children around. Within a month he has a lot of friends, and within 3-months he was fluent in Spanish. Pryce moved to Panama when he had just turned 11. He’s now 18 and thriving in Panama!!

Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

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  1. Mark Jensen says

    What are some of the areas that a family with kids research. I have been reviewing your post for a while now. My wife and I adopted our grandchildren. I just recently retired. So we receive money from ss for me and the grandkids

    • Jackie Lange says

      Coronado, Volcan and Bocas del Toro are the three areas with the most expat families

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