Bill and Barb Chase, Global Volunteers Couple on 6 Programs


Global Volunteers salutes Bill and Barb Chase, who have served together on 6 Global Volunteers service programs in Ecuador, Tanzania, Montana, West Virginia, St. Lucia and Costa Rica since 2006. Bill, a retired physician/surgeon, and Barb, a retired teacher, have been exemplary, ideal Global Volunteers who have been loved and respected by their Team Leaders, teammates and the local people, both young and old.

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Bill and St. Lucia kids planting an EarthBox to grow healthy vegetables.

Bill writes:

All of my Global Volunteer projects have been “labor” projects. In Tanzania, I worked with the local physician and then covered for him while he was away for a week. In West Virginia, I worked with “at risk” youth helping them winterize houses for poor individuals. In Montana, I worked with the grounds crew of the Blackfeet Community College. In Ecuador, I did maintenance work for a day care center. And in St Lucia, I helped single mothers make earth box gardens. I love to work and feel great to have the opportunity to get to know people of other cultures.”

Maggie Bjorklund, Global Volunteers Costa Rica Country Manager and Team Leader:

“Bill and Barb Chase are stellar Global Volunteers whose optimism, flexibility and hard work were a huge asset to the success of the team.

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Barb teaching Colegio students conversational English.

They worked incredibly hard on the landscaping project, where they helped clear and prepare the land for planting, dug holes for planting, put in the buckets and planted. Bill’s help in the tire turning process was phenomenal, and Barb’s organizational and artistic skills enhanced the ice cream bucket painting project! 

Sergio Méndez, a teacher at Colegio Técnico Profesional de Santa Elena, loved having Barb participate in his conversational English classes, noting her enthusiasm with his students.

Everyone at Colegio was very impressed with all that was accomplished over the course of the two weeks and how much progress was made on the project. It was a sheer joy having Bill and Barb on the team!”

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Bill and Barb!

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