English, Spanish
2 weeks to 6 months; average of 6 weeks; 1 month or longer p
Paid by artist 

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.

Application guidelines 

Each artist must submit (preferably online):

  1. Portfolio or Manuscript
  2. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Intent, briefly describing what the artist would like to accomplish as an artist-in-residence.

To apply online, please visit There is a $35 application fee.


No application deadline. Applications accepted year-round, up to one year in adv
origin of residents
Private initiative
financial structure
own contribution by residents
basic tools and equipment
criteria resident
established artist
more than 10 residents
How long
1 to 3 months

Odysseys Costa Rica

Odysseys Costa Rica


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.

Accommodation Information 

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.

Studio Information 

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).

Technical Information 

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):

  • only 1-1/2 hours from Arenal Volcano and Mineral Hot Springs
  • 1 hour northwest of the numerous art galleries and museums of the capital city of San José
  • and a quick 45 minutes from the lovely beach of Puntarenas with its Ferry launching dock to other exotic beaches.

Average temperatures run in the mid-70sF (25 degrees C) year-round.

APDO 10578-1000
San José
Costa Rica
skype: OdysseysCostaRica

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