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Long known as the authority on Panama, her numerous books and articles on life in Panama validate the reputation.

Background Information


Sandra T. Snyder, is a native of Virginia, with a B. S. degree in Business Administration – Management major and English minor, San Jose State University, California; graduate work at Hayward State University, California.  Her professional career spanned some twenty years in hospital management in California.  She was President of the Bay Area Society for Health Manpower Education and Training as well as a member of numerous community and professional organizations. 

Before settling in Panama, Sandra and her husband spent 10 years living and traveling in Central and South America including Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Panama and the San Blas Islands, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador.  Not only has she sailed from San Francisco down the Pacific Coast, through the Panama Canal (numerous times) but up the East Coast of the US to the Canadian Border and back down the Caribbean chain from the US Virgin Islands to Venezuela, stopping at nearly every island along the way.  From Venezuela and its islands she traveled back across the Spanish Main taking in the Dutch ABC’s, Colombia and the San Blas returning to Panama.  She and her husband have driven every part of Mexico, Guatemala and Panama. 

Since 1992 Sandra has been an information resource for newcomers to Panama, initially informally, then as President of the Who’s New Club and as a Relocation Specialist with Panama Relocation Services.  Her professional and social affiliations in and out of Panama are extensive and include Board positions with the American Society Panama, Navy League Panama Council, Who’s New of Panama, American Management Association, and The City Club.  She is a member of TESOL (Teachers of English as a Second Language) and has been a member of the faculty for their annual conference in Panama.  She has also developed children’s library programs in New Bern, North Carolina and Ft. Clayton, Panama.  Member of the National League of American Pen Women and National Writers Union

At the invitation of the U.S. Ambassador to Panama she served as Acting Community Liaison Officer for the U.S. Embassy, Panama, Republic of Panama.  June – November 2004

Her Guest Lecture Credits include:

US Grains Council, members from across the US in Panama for semi-annual Conference- 2012 - US Panama Relations

Living in Panama, Balboa Academy New Parent Orientation, annually

Life in Panama, for the residents of The World, (Residential Cruise Ship) March 2011

Establishing a Home and Lifestyle in Panama, for International Relocation, July 2011 - present

Meet the Author’s Night, The American Society of Panama, September 23, 2010, Exedra Books, Panama

 Living in Panama Orientation, for US Relocation agency, 2009 - present

Living in Panama, Book Presentation at the Biblioteca Nacional Panama, April 2007

Living in Panama, El Valle de Anton, Presentation sponsored by the San Jose Foundation, El Valle Library, June 2007

Living in Panama, Boquete, Presentation sponsored by Read and Relax Books, Boquete, July 2007

Seminar on Publishing in Panama, The Ins and Outs of Publishing in Panama 

 U.S. Embassy Staff annual new American employee orientation, Living in Panama, September 2003, August 2004, October 2005

 U.S. Embassy Foreign Service Staff annual new employee orientation, Working in the U.S. Embassy in Panama is like Working in a Foreign County.  October 2004

Who’s New Panama, Orientation to Living in Panama, January annually

Welcome to Panama, Orientation lecture to Boquete (Panama) Tuesday Morning Group, May 2005 - present

 The Days are Just Packed, or How Living in Panama Reminds me of my Favorite Calvin and Hobbes, at the invitation of Exedra Books to present the world-wind social life in Panama, June 2005

 Living in Panama, Boquete (Panama) Tuesday Morning Group Presentation.  August 2005

Relocating, Culture Shock and Loss of Identify, October 2005, presented at the invitation of Panama International Packers to the wives of Corporate Executives, Bankers, Retirees, and Diplomats on the unexpected effects of relocating to a foreign country as it relates to the spouse and family.  Presentation includes steps for redirecting your skills and abilities in the new environment.

Radio Show:

 The Breakfast Show with Gerry D, COOL FM, 89.3 FM, Monday-Friday 7:00 – 10:00 am, 2010- present.  News, entertainment and information about Panama

 Radio Metropolis, broadcast from Panama to U.S., Canada and Great Britain, Sunday Night at the Metropolis, Panama Weekly Review with Sandra Snyder, August 2007- July 2011

Window to Panama,, broadcast from Boquete, Panama to the US (featured guest numerous occasions talking about Panama)


Birth Place
Washington, DC USA

Sandra T. Snyder is the recipient of the Distinguished American Citizen Award given by the American Ambassador to Panama, Linda E. Watt, July 4, 2003, in recognition of her efforts on behalf of the people of Panama exemplifying the best of American values.

She received the Margarita Levi Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Who’s New Club Panama in 2004.

Leadership Award 2009, City Club Panama, November 2009

President of Who’s New Panama 1998-1999, 2002-2006; President The Navy League of the United States Panama Council, 2000, Board of Directors The American Society of Panama; Tourism Committee and Publishing Committee of The American Chamber of Commerce and Industry Panama; Vice President Ikebana International Panama 2009-2010; Chairman Republicans Abroad Panama 2005-2006

Additional Information

Her writing Credits include: Living in Panama, second edition, all new, totally updated and expanded guide to life in Panama whether you live in the country, the city, the mountains or at the beach. April 2007 Regular contributor to the Panama Eagle and Bajareque Times Contributor La Prensa A Collection of Cookies, the first is a series of cookbooks, 2007 World War I Diary of Alfred Bruce Trickett, May 31, 1918-April 28, 1919, Transcription and Introduction, January 2006 Christmas at My House, a family tradition. November 2005 Spies, Crooks and Others Along the Way, a collection of short stories about the people met in her extensive travels throughout Central and South America including Panama. October 2005 Living in Panama, a book, first edition for the foreigner living in Panama published fall 2002, PRS and American Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Panama Magazine, numerous articles for the American Chamber of Commerce & Industry Panama monthly magazine Corporate Relocation News, articles June 2001 Training Manual Panama Relocation Services, developed for training consultants in relocation of corporate executives, diplomats and others coming to Panama to live and work Editor: Who’s New Panama Newsletter, 2002-Current Editor: The Jenkins Family History, In Jenkins Hollow in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, by Amanda Francis Jenkins Trickett Editor: Panagringo Newsletter, American Society, Panama (two year assignment) Editor: United States Navy League, Panama Council, Newsletter (one year) Editor: The Bilge Pump, Pedro Miguel Boat Club, Panama, Newsletter (one year) Contributor to the South American Handbook, Sixty Seventh Edition and Sixty Sixth Edition, on Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia Training Manual, A Business Office Orientation Handbook, developed for in-hospital use by hospital Business Office employees of seven Medi SHARE member hospitals, San Jose, California Numerous unpublished short stories

Contact Information
Tantoes, S.A.
Apdo 0833-00062 Edif Credicorp
Panama  0833   Republic of Panama
Contact Author: Sandra T. Snyder
Favorite Links

Living in Panama
Find out more about life in Panama, upcoming speaking engagements, recent articles by Sandra about Panama

Co-Host The Breakfast Show
Music, guests and information about Panama - Monday and Friday, 7:30 am - 9:00 am Local radio CoolFM 89.3 and streaming live

Book of the Month selection and excellent review of the second edition of Living in Panama

Warden, US Embassy, Panama City Area
Provide timely information and alerts to US citizens living in Panama as provided by the US Embassy Office of American Citizen's Services.

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