The Residency Fee varies by length of stay and covers home stay accommodations with meals plus work space and all specified program activities. Please consult the website here for specifics: Residency Fee.
Not covered by the Residency Fee: International airfare, taxi fares for arrival and departure, travel insurance, or costs related to optional cultural outings and trips.
Each artist must submit (preferably online):
To apply online, please visit http://odysseyscostarica.org/Apply.html. There is a $35 application fee.
ODYSSEYS, under the legal entity of Intercultural Odysseys Costa Rica, is a civic, social and non-governmental organization (NGO) providing dedicated time and home stay accommodations with meals to writers and artists in all disciplines, whether emerging or established, from anywhere in the world. A working knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required.
The ODYSSEYS standard accommodation includes meals with a private bedroom and shared bathroom in the home of a local host family. A private bath may be available upon request. Common living space (living room/dining room/outdoor areas) may be shared with other artists and the family. Housecleaning and laundry service with change of bed & bath linens are provided weekly. Internet is available in many of the homes, at a work station in the house, or by WIFI. Internet cafes are not usually more than a few blocks away.
Also suited for couples and single parents with children.
Work spaces are included in the home stay with a carefully selected host family. This includes desk and chair (adjustable when possible) for writers, and vertical and horizontal surfaces for visual artists who work indoors (usually in the context of indoor/covered outdoor garden spaces with adequate natural lighting).
When necessary certain requirements can be provided apart from the home stay, such as a formal studio for visual artists, or access to a piano at one of the local music schools, for composers: such requests must be made during the application process.
ODYSSEYS Costa Rica is based in San Ramón, Alajuela known as the "city of poets" and home to the hillsides of Las Musas (The Muses):
Average temperatures run in the mid-70sF (25 degrees C) year-round.
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