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JLM Christian Foundation has partnered with Five Stars Academy (, an American-style school to families interested in living on the Pacific beaches of Panama. Located in Santa Clara in the Cocle Province of Panama, just 20 minutes west of Coronado, Five Stars Academy provides a personal, hands-on, yet highly academic program to develop well-rounded students Pre-K to Grade 12.  With more than 25 countries represented at the school, it is truly an international experience for all students and teachers.  

The Student Exchange Program

We are currently offering 10 days, 1 month and 3 month options but are able to cater to your student's needs.  We are looking for bright, open-minded, flexible young people who are willing to move outside their comfort zones and who want to learn about the world and themselves.  

Option 1:  Attend Five Stars Academy.  You’ll be placed with a host family and attend Five Stars Academy. You’ll live like an international student and become immersed in the culture of the expat lifestyle and Panama. You’ll be immersed in a language and gain invaluable international experience. You’ll learn a lot about yourself.

Option 2:  Join us on one of our mission trips.  Email us for updated info on where we will be going this year!

Student exchange programs promote tolerance, maturity and independence. They also encourage an international perspective. In a very competitive world these are highly sought after qualities.  See how kids and families live outside of the U.S.

How is this program different?

Being an exchange student is a challenging, rewarding and fun experience. You’re not a tourist or a guest. You’re actually living in your host country as a member of an international family.  Our families come from Europe, Africa, South America and North America with many of our students carrying 2 or more passports..  


Our students are surfers, horse back riders, scuba divers, explorers, travelers, gardeners, worldly.  An exchange student is an investment for life and complements your formal education in important and exciting ways.

  • Live with an English-speaking international family.  All of the families speak at least 2 languages.  

  • Pick your activity and learn to surf, horse back ride, scuba dive, snorkel, and more!

  • Explore Panama with a family who has lived it.

  • Experience the challenges and rewards of an expat student.  

  • Learn another language.  

Challenge yourself.

  • The experience of living or studying overseas can bring enormous rewards: Open career doors you didn’t know existed.

  • Get to know how other students your age from many other countries live in Panama. live and come to see the world from another perspective.

  • Learn another language. 

  • Test yourself and acquire independence and maturity 

  • Make new friends and appreciate old ones even more

  • Gain experience and judgement


Long after you return home your exchange experience will influence and inform your life. It will provide you with a substantial backdrop from which to make future study and career choices. Employers are increasingly alert to the benefits of student exchange. Your experience will set you apart from the crowd and mark you as someone who has proven themselves in challenging circumstances.

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