International Opportunities

BHS students have the opportunity for language and cultural exchanges with Germany, England, Costa Rica, and France.

BHS group in boat on Costa Rica river

Costa Rica

Adam Hopkins
BHS Spanish Teacher

In June 2018, BHS profesores accompanied BHS Spanish students to Costa Rica on an educational adventure. They spent time in school interacting with local teenagers, explored the rainforest, hiked at the base of volcanoes, zip-lined through a cloud forest, white-water rafted down a jungle river, and searched for wildlife in the treetops on a series of hanging bridges.

Due to its rich culture, natural beauty, and economic and political stability, BHS Spanish teachers have chosen Costa Rica as their preferred destination for student travel. In addition to the large-group educational tour, BHS also offers an exchange program experience in partnership with a Costa Rican high school.

England Exchange

Elizabeth Woolley
Language Arts Teacher

In 1998, a teacher from Cramlington, England (similar in size and community to Bettendorf) initiated a visit to the Bettendorf School District to share educational ideas leading to an alternating year student exchange.

BHS Students in France 2016


Sheila Conrad
BHS French Teacher

French Teacher Sheila Conrad periodically coordinates student trips to France for French language students. Picture from 2016 trip.


German American Partnership Program

Diana Steiner
German Teacher

Every other year, since 1979, a delegation of students from BHS (summer) and Blieskastel, German (fall) exchange for a four week visit.