Despite being named the world’s top travel destination in 2016 by Travel + Leisure, there’s much more than sightseeing, nightlife, and beaches in Panama. If you decide to teach English in Panama, you’ll be at the confluence of not only two continents, but a special blend of cultures. Whether you opt for the Pacific or Atlantic coast, or somewhere inland, you’ll have a chance to immerse yourself in a deeply proud Latin American country while giving back to young minds eager to understand their unique place in the world. Are you convinced that teaching in Panama should be next on your bucket list?
Though just over 28,000 square miles in size, Panama has an immense diversity in everything you can think of. You can dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise, and then cross the highlands and watch the sun set over the Pacific on the same day. When it comes to choosing where to teach English in Panama, there are several choices that reflect that same diversity.
The biggest city in Panama by far is Panama City, a global metropolis containing all the amenities you can imagine. You’ll also find the greatest number and variety of teaching jobs in Panama City, from elementary to secondary level and public to private schools. On weekends and between academic semesters, you can enjoy Panama City’s renowned nightlife, budding gastronomy scene, or explore the colonial history in the old town, Casco Viejo. Whatever your own extracurricular interest, you can strike a balance between time in the classroom and “homework” experiencing your new home.
If you’re looking for somewhere less urban to teach English in Panama, consider Bocas Del Toro. This seaside town isn’t big, but offers a beautiful setting and plenty of beaches with world-class surfing you can enjoy in between grading ...