Meet the Team: Choki Dorji
Choki Dorji is from Thimphu and he started his guiding career in the year 2013. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology, he opted for a career in guiding because he felt that the job as a tour guide best fits his philosophy of ‘Earn while I Learn’. He describes guiding as the most rewarding and exhilarating way to learn about other countries and let others learn about Bhutan.
Here are some excerpts from an interview MyBhutan conducted with him.
1. How long have you been a guide for? Why did you choose guiding out of all the other job offers in the market?
I have been a tour guide for the last seven years. The reason I chose to be a guide is because I wanted to be an ambassador representing my country through all the unique social values and morals, and to be able to present the Kingdom of Bhutan to the outside world in all its amazing splendors.
2. What do you like about guiding and what are some of the things you wish you could change?
The most important thing I like about guiding is that it creates socialization among different types and kinds of people with different culture.
Guiding also creates a big platform for social change and opportunities in life.
I love everything about guiding that I don’t see anything that needs to be changed.
3. Why MyBhutan? What do you think MyBhutan does that is different from the rest?
Because the team at MyBhutan is set up based on unity and unity is the pillar of the stability. Team MyBhutan never fails to provide the best services compared to the rest of the tour companies and that is solely due to the set of well experienced team members.
4. What makes you unique as a guide?
I have a natural ability to get along with people and that has really helped me stand out as a guide. I empathize well with people from all backgrounds and I am always able to build good relationship with my clients quickly. I understand the requirements of every client and how best to deliver, and because of these qualities, I have a strong success rate as a guide.
5. What is your favorite part of Bhutan and why?
My favorite part is Eastern Bhutan and that is because of the sparsely populated pristine natural landscapes and the unique culture.
6. Any message you would like to share with the youth about a career in the field of guiding?
The message that I would like to convey is that every individual is born with hidden talents and capabilities and that it is the responsibility of every individual to explore and find it in themselves.
Guiding is a field in which you can show your capabilities through representation of self, people and the country.
INTERVIEW BY KARMA YONTEN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHOKI DORJI