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An expat living in Southern Tuscany recommends first and foremost to learn the language. She says that there will be days that are so hard you'll want to cry. But, try not to let things get you too flustered. Have fun and enjoy the beautiful, old land with old traditions.
The Panama public education system is dysfunctional at best. It is controlled by the Ministry of Public Education (MEDUSA) which is not know for forward thinking. You will be better off to send you child to a private school (and the fees are cheap by international standards). (Read Full Tip)
Expect to live in an apartment and not a home unless you have a very large budget for housing expenses. CIS and Rygaards are the only international schools I would recommend in any way. When setting a budget, double or triple it. And, lastly, rent through a rent manager and NOT directly with a home owner.