“Even though I’m a simple man I have a lot of people I can help. What I can help and do, I do.”
Yous Sopanha lost his father and 100 relatives during the reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. He shares his family’s story of survival and growing up with 1,000 orphans. We also discuss his work and approach to life. What are the challenges of being a self-employed tour guide while supporting dozens of family members? And why does he keep giving with an open heart?
- Surviving the Khmer Rouge (3:30)
- Keeping an Open Heart (27:25)
- Being a Self-Employed Tour Guide (36:05)
- Stress, Hopes and Dreams (51:10)
Yous Sopanha has worked as a professional tour guide for over 15 years in Angkor Archaeological site in Siem Reap, as well as in other tourism sites around Cambodia. He holds two Bachelor Degrees from Phnom Penh University in Social Science (history, philosophy). Previously, he taught culture and history as a high school teacher and was the program manager at Cambodia World Family NGO. You can read the Guardian’s profile of Sopanha here and book tours with him on his webpage.