St. Martin’s Episcopal School welcomed seven Panamanian exchange students into the community for three weeks of cultural immersion on Monday, Sept. 4. The 8th-grade students hail from The Colegio de Panamá Episcopal, a K-12 Episcopal school in Panamá City, Panamá. They are staying with St. Martin’s host families, attending school with their host siblings, and visiting many of Atlanta’s prominent cultural sites.
During the school day, the visitors experience 8th-grade classes at St. Martin’s, and visit early childhood and elementary classrooms to interact with the students and answer questions about Panamá. Beyond St. Martin’s, the exchange students will explore CNN, the World of Coke, the Center for Civil & Human Rights, the Carter Center, the Georgia Capital and the Georgia Aquarium. In the evenings and during the weekends the students spend time with their host families learning about U.S. culture and further exploring Atlanta.
The students are filming the exchange from their perspective and will compile a short video documenting the differences and similarities between being an 8th grader in the U.S. and being an 8th grader in Panamá.
This is the second year of the Panamá Exchange Program at St. Martin’s. In the spring, St. Martin’s 7th- and 8th-grade students will have the opportunity to travel to Panamá for an immersion experience of their own.
Click here to learn more about the program, and here to view photos of the 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.