Panama Exchange Program

What if your child could not only travel to another country, but live in
another culture with a peer and his or her family?  What if your child could
visit a cosmopolitan city, an indigenous cultural center, a historic
district dating back centuries, a beautiful beach, and the world’s
most significant trade conduit?
Is your child ready for more?

The ability to appreciate a global perspective is grounded in truly understanding different cultures and is a defining characteristic of an increasingly mobile society. Atlanta is home to Fortune 500 companies, universities, hospitals and international organizations where many languages are spoken and many cultures represented.  The St. Martin’s community is increasingly mobile, as well, with many students sharing rich stories of mission trips and family travel abroad.

St. Martin’s  Episcopal School offers 7th-and 8th-grade students a chance to participate in an inbound and/or outbound exchange program with our partner school the Colegio Episcopal de Panamá in Panamá City, Panamá. Each fall, a number of St. Martin’s middle school families are selected to host students arriving from Panama for a two-to three-week stay and each summer, St. Martin’s students can apply for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live the life of a student overseas. Students on both sides of the exchange live with a host family, follow a school schedule, share meals, travel around the region and learn a second language and experience a variety of activities in the most advantageous circumstances--true immersion.

The Colegio Episcopal de Panamá is the alma mater of St. Martin’s Head of School Dr. Luis Ottley who founded the exchange more than 20 years ago.  

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The Kakahashi Japanese Exchange Program

The Kakehashi Program  

The Kakehashi Project is funded by the Japanese government and offers a youth exchange program between Japan and the United States. The goal of the program is to promote a global understanding of Japan’s economy, society, history, diverse culture, politics and foreign policy.

St. Martin's sent six students in 2019 to experience this cultural exchange opportunity.  The trip included visits to a number of historical and educational sites, museums and other opportunities to experience traditional and cultural activities. The group also enjoyed a two-day “homestay” with Japanese host families for an immersive cultural experience.

Kakahashi Exchange Student Presentation

Japan Exchange Program

Panamá Exchange Program (Inbound)

Summer 2018 Outbound Exchange

Fall 2017 Inbound Exchange

St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.