Hi, I'm Charlotte
Van Horn

Our Journey

Black Expats in Panama (BEIP) was started as a Facebook Group by Charlotte Van Horn in May 2019. She was looking to connect with other Black Expats in the country and to become more immersed in the Black culture. However, when she looked at other Panama expat groups on Facebook, she found the group discussions did not resonate with her. Although basic information was plentiful, she did not find much in terms of Black culture and diversity. She says “some may  place. not understand, but the Black experience and perspective on many aspects of life and travel is unique. When it comes to relocation, we will want to know basic information, but we also want specific information such as what the Black culture/history is like; is racism a significant issue; do we need to fear the police; where do we get our natural hair done; are products available for our hair; are there Black churches that will make us feel welcome and nourish our soul; what is dating like for Black women/men?” When Charlotte saw a lack of information, she started BEIP.

The group grew slowly, approximately 200 members between May 2019 and June 2020. The Pandemic, George Floyd, “Karen in the Park” and the weight of the hostile political climate collided and more Black people started to seriously consider living outside of the U.S. A new version of “Blaxit” emerged. The group membership skyrocketed! As the group began to grow, she started to recognize the needs expressed. Primarily, many wanted to know about the Black culture of Panama, admitting they never thought of Panama having a Black presence. It occurred to Charlotte to reach out to the Destination Management Company, ITA Global. She had entrusted a previous group trip “Sisterlocked in Panama 2020” to the management of ITA Global and was SO blown over by the top-notch service that she and Chris DePew (President, ITA Global) were working on another Black culture trip to Belize. She told Chris of the developments with the Group and asked if he might be able to customize a trip similar to the first Panama trip, whereby they showcased the Black culture/history combined with the relocation component.

As of March 2022, BEIP network has grown to more than 7000+ followers across its Social Media Platforms. BEIP hosts in person and online Meetups that often fill up quickly due to high demand.  

BEIP Cultural Relocation Tour was created to meet the needs of the Group Members. The first tour was conducted May 2021.  It’s a 5 Day “Taste of Panama” Tour that takes guests to different areas within driving distance to Panama City. It showcases a variety of new, pre-existing and pre-construction housing development options in the city, suburbs, beach/rural locations and allows guests to get a feel for local areas and correlating price points. The tour adds a unique element of Black culture and history told by carefully selected Certified Afro Panamanian Tour Guides, a visit to the West Indian Museum (SAMAAP), Colon and Portobello where we experience authentic cuisine, traditional Congo drums, dancing, the Black Christ and then onto a relaxing afternoon on Isla Mamey (itinerary subject to change). Even in the throes of a pandemic with uncertainty swirling about, the first trip sold out quickly, so subsequent trips were added. The month of May was chosen for the first tour because it is the month that Panama celebrates Etnia Negra (Black Ethnicity).  Tours are now offered monthly (typically beginning on the 1st day of the month and ending on the 5th).

BEIP PARTNERED WITH PROFESSIONALS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO EXPATS

BEIP vetted and partnered with several professionals such as realtors, developers, attorneys, doctors, tour guide professional and veteran service officers to provide assistance to prospective Black Expats to help them make informed decisions about relocation

BEIP AND ITA PARTNERED TO CREATE BLACK EXPATS WORLDWIDE

Eventually, Black Expats in Panama, LLC partnered with ITA Global to create Black Expats Worldwide™ (BEW), which aims to recreate what was started in Panama in other countries of interest to Black Expats.  ITA Global’s Graphic Design Department created beautiful logos for BEIP and BEW and added respective T-Shirts to its online apparel offerings.

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BEIP AND ITA PARTNERED WITH AVARR WEBBING TO DEVELOP A SOCIAL MARKETPLACE

BEIP and ITA Global recently entered into a relationship with Avarr Webbing (a Black Owned company based in Colorado) to create a revolutionary website (social marketplace) which will be formally released Spring 2022.  The platform will allow businesses and members to interact directly without having to rely on Facebook or other social media platforms to do so.  STAY TUNED! 

 

BEIP TRUSTED BUSINESS DIRECTORY

In the meantime, Black Expats in Panama™ Trusted Business Directory is still available.  The directory was created by Members (and others) who experienced exceptional service recommending trusted businesses to be listed in the Directory to help Expats make good decisions about vendors and help avoid disappointment and deception. 

BEIP IS GROWING AND BEING RECOGNIZED FOR ITS WORK

BEIP is ever evolving and continuing to look for ways to bring value to Black Expats wishing to explore Panama as a possible option for relocation. BEIP does informative and fun YouTube interviews with Black Expats currently living in Panama, human rights activists, attorneys, and other professionals. 

 

Check Out Our Youtube Channels:

Black Expats in Panama

Locks-4-Ever

 

In November 2021, Charlotte Van Horn (BEIP) launched its own Radio Broadcast on BLAXIT RADIO. 

 

BEIP will also continues to host occasional Zoom Meetups for those future-expats who are not yet living in Panama but would like to stay connected and meet members of the Group.

 

INTERVIEWS AND FEATURE ARTICLES ON BEIP

Travel Noire 

International Living

Steele Marketing

 

Be sure to follow BEIP and become a part of this exciting relocation revolution! The best is yet to come!

 

Black In Panama

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Hi, I'm Charlotte
Van Horn

Our Journey

Black Expats in Panama (BEIP) was started as a Facebook Group by Charlotte Van Horn in May 2019. She was looking to connect with other Black Expats in the country and to become more immersed in the Black culture. However, when she looked at other Panama expat groups on Facebook, she found the group discussions did not resonate with her. Although basic information was plentiful, she did not find much in terms of Black culture and diversity. She says “some may  place. not understand, but the Black experience and perspective on many aspects of life and travel is unique. When it comes to relocation, we will want to know basic information, but we also want specific information such as what the Black culture/history is like; is racism a significant issue; do we need to fear the police; where do we get our natural hair done; are products available for our hair; are there Black churches that will make us feel welcome and nourish our soul; what is dating like for Black women/men?” When Charlotte saw a lack of information, she started BEIP.

The group grew slowly, approximately 200 members between May 2019 and June 2020. The Pandemic, George Floyd, “Karen in the Park” and the weight of the hostile political climate collided and more Black people started to seriously consider living outside of the U.S. A new version of “Blaxit” emerged. The group membership skyrocketed! As the group began to grow, she started to recognize the needs expressed. Primarily, many wanted to know about the Black culture of Panama, admitting they never thought of Panama having a Black presence. It occurred to Charlotte to reach out to the Destination Management Company, ITA Global. She had entrusted a previous group trip “Sisterlocked in Panama 2020” to the management of ITA Global and was SO blown over by the top-notch service that she and Chris DePew (President, ITA Global) were working on another Black culture trip to Belize. She told Chris of the developments with the Group and asked if he might be able to customize a trip similar to the first Panama trip, whereby they showcased the Black culture/history combined with the relocation component.

As of March 2022, BEIP network has grown to more than 7000+ followers across its Social Media Platforms. BEIP hosts in person and online Meetups that often fill up quickly due to high demand.  

BEIP Cultural Relocation Tour was created to meet the needs of the Group Members. The first tour was conducted May 2021.  It’s a 5 Day “Taste of Panama” Tour that takes guests to different areas within driving distance to Panama City. It showcases a variety of new, pre-existing and pre-construction housing development options in the city, suburbs, beach/rural locations and allows guests to get a feel for local areas and correlating price points. The tour adds a unique element of Black culture and history told by carefully selected Certified Afro Panamanian Tour Guides, a visit to the West Indian Museum (SAMAAP), Colon and Portobello where we experience authentic cuisine, traditional Congo drums, dancing, the Black Christ and then onto a relaxing afternoon on Isla Mamey (itinerary subject to change). Even in the throes of a pandemic with uncertainty swirling about, the first trip sold out quickly, so subsequent trips were added. The month of May was chosen for the first tour because it is the month that Panama celebrates Etnia Negra (Black Ethnicity).  Tours are now offered monthly (typically beginning on the 1st day of the month and ending on the 5th).

BEIP PARTNERED WITH PROFESSIONALS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO EXPATS

BEIP vetted and partnered with several professionals such as realtors, developers, attorneys, doctors, tour guide professional and veteran service officers to provide assistance to prospective Black Expats to help them make informed decisions about relocation

BEIP AND ITA PARTNERED TO CREATE BLACK EXPATS WORLDWIDE

Eventually, Black Expats in Panama, LLC partnered with ITA Global to create Black Expats Worldwide™ (BEW), which aims to recreate what was started in Panama in other countries of interest to Black Expats.  ITA Global’s Graphic Design Department created beautiful logos for BEIP and BEW and added respective T-Shirts to its online apparel offerings.

download (1)

BEIP AND ITA PARTNERED WITH AVARR WEBBING TO DEVELOP A SOCIAL MARKETPLACE

BEIP and ITA Global recently entered into a relationship with Avarr Webbing (a Black Owned company based in Colorado) to create a revolutionary website (social marketplace) which will be formally released Spring 2022.  The platform will allow businesses and members to interact directly without having to rely on Facebook or other social media platforms to do so.  STAY TUNED! 

 

BEIP TRUSTED BUSINESS DIRECTORY

In the meantime, Black Expats in Panama™ Trusted Business Directory is still available.  The directory was created by Members (and others) who experienced exceptional service recommending trusted businesses to be listed in the Directory to help Expats make good decisions about vendors and help avoid disappointment and deception. 

BEIP IS GROWING AND BEING RECOGNIZED
FOR ITS WORK

BEIP is ever evolving and continuing to look for ways to bring value to Black Expats wishing to explore Panama as a possible option for relocation. BEIP does informative and fun YouTube interviews with Black Expats currently living in Panama, human rights activists, attorneys, and other professionals. 

Check Out Our Youtube Channels:

Black Expats in Panama

Locks-4-Ever

In November 2021, Charlotte Van Horn (BEIP) launched its own Radio Broadcast on BLAXIT RADIO. 

BEIP will also continues to host occasional Zoom Meetups for those future-expats who are not yet living in Panama but would like to stay connected and meet members of the Group.

INTERVIEWS AND FEATURE ARTICLES ON BEIP

Travel Noire 

International Living

Steele Marketing

Be sure to follow BEIP and become a part of this exciting relocation revolution! The best is yet to come!

Black In Panama

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