MEET YOUR GUIDES
MEET YOUR GUIDES
Since SVC started running tours in 2006 we have trained up a team of world class Cambodian specialist birding and wildlife guides. SVC guides are passionate and dedicated conservationists as well as guides, inspiring a new generation of Cambodian’s to nurture their environment and love their natural heritage. They take part in field studies, species surveys, work with other global conservation organisations assisting and supporting with their expert knowledge.
We spend the 6 months over low season training and building the skills of our guiding team in technical birding skills, natural history and beyond… extending further every year building knowledge of butterflies, dragonflies, botany and the amazing biodiversity of Cambodia.
Many of the team have been us for 10+ years now and are known and loved by birders and wildlife lovers the world over. A number of the team are also fully licensed and qualified Temple guides able to uncover the natural wonders and species around Cambodia’s iconic temples.
Take a little time to meet some of the wonderful characters who make up our guiding team below.
Official Optics Partner
We are incredibly proud and excited to be working with Swarovski Optik Nature, as Official Optics Partners! Swarovski Optik Nature produce best in class optics for birders and wildlife spotters, and this relationship is recognition of our world class guide team and efforts in wildlife conservation.
Being able to work with the very best optics gear has been a revelation for the team – helping them to see more, get closer to nature and guide even better, sharing the unique wildlife experiences Cambodia has to offer with our clients. Head to www.swarovskioptik.com/nature to find out more.
Sikol San (Srun)
My name’s San Sikol, and my nickname’s Srun. I am married with two kids. I have worked at Sam Veasna for six years. Anyway, I still enjoy working there because it’s a local conservation NGO which work on protection of natural resource, support local people, and prevent our environment. The best achievement from working at SVC I am much more understand of natural heritage especially birds and wildlife. And I also had the best memory that I went on cooking training at Tmatbeoy in 2010. It was joyful and fun. In addition, I think it would be very important for SVC to do conservation in Cambodia because wild places and wildlife are being threatened by economic development and illegalize of cutting down the trees, therefore, we have to try our best due to same it up.
Guide Training Manager/Guide
I’m Huth Lean. My nickname’s Stephen. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center for 2 years, and I work as Guide Training Manager. I enjoy working there because I love travelling, I also love nature. The best achievement for me from working at SVC is I could lead the tourists to somewhere for birding sites, and I also had really best experiences for participated birding trip to Thailand in 2015. It was really unforgettable time for me. In my purpose, it’s very important for SVC to do conservation work in Cambodia because they can provide ecotourism and a lot of benefit for our local people. In addition, if I could change or improve one thing about my job I try my best to bring SVC’s guides to oversee do birding around the world.
My name’s Sang Mony. I live in Siem Reap province. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center for 12 years. It has been a lit long, however, I love working there because I have a chance to learn more about the nature, and I could understand clearly about conservation work. Furthermore, I can work to prevent the endanger wildlife in Cambodia. If I could change one thing about my work I would try my best in order to build up the capacity of nature conservation resources in order to make them much better that present day. My best memory of working for SVC is shooting the photos of the wildlife and nature. It looks really beautiful and attractive to me.
My name’s Sanh Sophoan. I was born in Siem Reap. And I have been working as birding guild at Sam Veasna Center for 10 years. I love working there because I like traveling around, working with community, learning good skills, especially, SVC’s class (Bird Training) I love it so much. If I could change one thing about my job I would like to be a Birding Guide that can lead trip in & outside Cambodia. It’s an International Brid Guide.
The best achievement from working at SVC I could see the nature deeply more than what I aspect. I also had really the best memory from working at SVC as I travelled to visit some birding site in the United Kingdom. It was enjoyable to me. In my opinion, I think it is very important for SVC to do conservation working in Cambodia because right now the forest and wildlife are in endangered illegal issues that really need our helping to rescuse all of them. Furthermore, it visions also build up the community development and skill birding conservation and many tasks due to develop Cambodia for the next generation.
My name’s Mardy, I am the original Siem Reap citizen. And I am married with no children. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center for 6 years, and I love my job so much because I can work to conserve the wildlife and nature. The achievement for me of working at SVC is I know more deeply about wildlife and the site wild’s movement. I think that it’s very important for SVC to do conservation in Cambodia because there are not many organizations which work on the wildlife prevention role, so, we will really need your organization and people to work together in this field work. In addition, if I could change one thing about my career I would improve efficiently communication that the clients will buy more our trip.
My name’s Kunthea. I am a birding guide for Sam Veansa Center wildlife conservation since 2012. I enjoy working here because I love nature and guiding job, and meet new people. My best achievement from working at SVC is I have chance to travel other countries to do birding survey and EEP education with government school. Moreover, I also had really best experience to oversee such as Thailand, Loa, and Malaysia. It was really amazing time for me to visit these country. In addition, if it is possible one thing I could change to change is managing new system of the booking team that they could collected the money from client by their own and also running English class for SVC’s staffs.
My name’s Pech Mogn. I am the original Siem Reap citizen. I have worked with Sam Veansa Center since 2014 I love working with this organization because I could help the community through any social development project, wildlife conservation, and explore new experiences with a lot of people. Furthermore, SVC has really good management team which play a role as work fairly for all members. The best experience of working at SVC was the time which my team and I went on field training that we visited many different bird sites. In my opinion, it’s very important for SVC to work on wildlife conservation because nowadays forest and wildlife in Cambodia are declined and endangered. If there is nobody care they will be extinct soon. Finally, If I could change one thing about my career, it would be promoted efficiently to clients that attract more customers for low seasons the same as high season to get more money for staffs, communities, and conservation.
My name’s Ladong, and my nickname’s Meng. I am a bird watching guide. I have been working for Sam Veasna Center wildlife conservation since 2014. I enjoy working there because this’s non-profit organization which running to protect wildlife, and develop communities. The best achievement of working for SVC is I have opportunity to travel to many different places in Cambodia and the other country, I also had really best experiences birding trip to Thailand with team SVC’s guide. It was really unforgettable time for me. I gain more knowledge and experience of wildlife conservation. I could say that I love working at SVC, and I so happy to be a part of this organization.
I’m Sreymom. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center for 1 year. I love working there so much because it is the non-profit organization which works on the conservation of wildlife, birds, forest, and others natural resources. The best achievement for me to work at SVC is I gain more understanding about bird educational sites, guiding skill, communication skill. And I also have really best experience to joined supper tour, travelling to birding places, team work, and so on. If I wasn’t working at SVC I will be just a teachers and translator. So I could say I am so lucky to be a part of SVC’s Team.
My name’s Brakk. I am married with two children. I have been working at Sam Veasna Center just only 6 months. Anyways, I quite enjoy working there because I love birds and wildlife conservation. The best experiences for me of working at SVC was leading tour to many different bird sites and met new people. And the best achievement is I am much more understand clearly about educational birds watching site, and experience to desire new places. I also found my favourite bird Kingfisher. I could say that it was best memory that I had never have. In my opinion, I think it is very precious for SVC to prevent the wildlife in Cambodia because in the meantime there are not many organizations which assist in this field work yet.
My name’s Mr. Thea. I have worked for Sam Veasna Center since 2014. I love working with them because this’s a good organization which work to protect the natural resource. Working with SVC team I realized that I have achieved more conservative education, and guiding skill. I also had really unforgettable experience to travel to new places where I have never been before. Finally, I think it is very import for SVC to do conservation work in Cambodia because they have really good partners who also work on protection of wildlife that they can work together to educate effectively to Cambodian citizens.
My name’s Chhoum. I was born in Siem Reap province. I am a birding guide for Sam Veasna Center since 2015. I love working at SVC because this organization working for wildlife conservation and also related to about environment protected. Therefore, I have a chance to understand more about wildlife and environment every day throw out training class and field study. It is also a part of my passion. I can contribute some part of my work time to help my society as to teach children and preserve wildlife. Moreover, SVC’s team are very friendly and good team for working together as well. In addition, the best achievement of working there is getting more educational and new experiences about wildlife and environment.
“An outstanding effort by Sophoan. She is one of the best guides, I ever travelled with. Not only in finding and identifying birds and mammals, but also a rare organizational talent and a kind and bright person.“
Hans Meltofte, DOF (Birdlife Denmark)
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