SMES Students Travel to Panamá on Second Annual Exchange

For the second year in a row, St. Martin’s Episcopal School (SMES) sent 7th- and 8th-grade students on a two-week cultural immersion experience to Panamá City, Panamá. The nine Middle School students enjoyed a homestay, visited nearby cultural and historic sites, volunteered at an orphanage and more. The trip capped off two years of exchange between SMES and Colegio Episcopal de Panamá (CEP), a K-12 school in Panamá City. 
For their first weekend in Panamá, each SMES student was welcomed into the home of a CEP family. In the weeks that followed, SMES students developed a deeper understanding of Panamanian culture through visits to famous sites including the Palace of the Herons, the Biomuseo, a cathedral, and more. 
To enrich their language-learning experience, the students took Spanish lessons at Casco Antiguo Spanish School and tutored younger Panamanian students in English. They also forged relationships with Panamanian youth by participating in CEP activities, volunteering at an orphanage, and spending a second weekend with CEP host families.
On their final day in Panamá, SMES students visited an Emberá village to learn about the culture of one of Panamá’s indigenous tribes. The end of this trip marked the completion of two years of exchange between SMES and CEP. In September, SMES will welcome a group of 8th-grade students from CEP for two weeks of immersion in U.S. culture, kicking off the first-leg of the third annual two-way 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.