Apply for Kalu Yala Media Residency Program

Program Summary

You're a professional media artist looking to break out from the day-to-day. You're a recent grad ready to score your first job, but you need to build your reel. You're a storyteller– whether film, photo, writing, or any other medium– and you're ready to have an impact. This program is for you.

This residency program will provide select artists with 24/7 access to Kalu Yala's stunning locations, media facilities, and in-house expertise. Residents have the opportunity to work in collaboration with various Kalu Yala departments, and get featured on across our robust social media platforms.

As a resident, you'll live and create in a sustainable town being built in the Panama jungle, and travel frequently to Panama City and other tropical locations. You'll meet passionate students, brainy professionals, and salt-of-the-earth locals. We guarantee: you'll have some incredible stories to tell. 


Film and video, photography, journalism, writing, and blogging, technology, media arts.


1-6 months, depending on performance. We often hire outstanding participants.


A cool and comfortable camp in the Panama rainforest, Panama City, and other tropical locations.


Full housing and meal plan, professional instruction and mentorship, huge international network, monthly stipend.

Recent Student and Resident Work

Kalu Yala students respond to Jungletown

Clark Thompson Summer 2017

What is Sustainability to You?

Skylar Knutzen Spring 2017

Kalu Yala in One Word

John DuPre Summer 2016


Brandon Polack Summer 2017

Kalu Kitchen: The Jungle Cooking Show

Skylar Knutzen Spring 2017

Inside the Kalu Yala Institute

Kalu Yala Media Program Fall 2016

How to Apply

Interested artists should email with C.V and portfolio. You may also want to include links to your website and social media accounts. We are most interested in artists with a budding portfolio. 

Media Residents will be expected to submit brief project proposals with key milestones, and to execute those milestones to maintain residency.

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