Life as an Expatriate in Panama
Rosalind (Roz) Baitel, who is originally from the United States, has been an expatriate in Panama for more than 30 years. In 1985, Roz came to Panama to teach science at a U.S. Department of Defense Dependents School. Roz, who is married to a Panamanian, is one of 20,000-30,000 expatriates living in Panama.
Panama has become an attractive place for Americans to live in. Roz describes Panama as being a livable city that is affordable and family friendly.
In 2007, Rosalind opened “Promises Panama,” a consignment store that was established to raise funds for Panamanian charities.
The story behind the store’s name comes from Roz’s time as a teacher at Cristobal High School when one of her best friends passed away from Parkinson’s disease. Promises’ logo consists of the colors of Cristobal High School in Panama and the symbol of the “P” in the name represents Parkinson’s disease. Promises works with over 40 charitable groups in Panama.