Jordan Local Leader - Yousef Zobi
Born in Jordan in 1985, Mr. Zubi is a certified Jordanian tour guide. In 2007, he graduated with a bachelor degree in Translation (English-French) from Al Albayt University in Jordan. With an Arabic mother-tongue and an excellent command of French and Spanish languages and a good command in English. Yousef has been leading tours in Jordan since late 2007 and have developed a passion and a good experience in leading trekking tours.
How old are you?
I am 26
Where were you born?
Where do you live now?
How many brothers and sisters do you have?
2 sisters and 6 brothers
Can you give a brief outline of your education?
I have B.S in Translation: English French Arabic
How did you come to be working in the tourism industry?
As Jerash is my home town, where there is a very important ancient roman city, I used to go to the archeological site with my friends to meet tourists and practice English and French with them when I was student at the university, I also used to see a lot of tourist guides there , I liked their job and I knew some of them ,they talked to me about guiding and about the tourists . And since then I decided to be a tourist guide and I worked on that.
Have you had any training specific to working with foreign tourists?
Yes, I am certified as licensed tourist guide. That I have obtained after 10 months of studying Guiding at the Jordan Applied University.
What is your first language?
What languages do you speak?
English , French and Spanish
How did you learn to speak English?
At school and mainly at university. I am also one of these who are obsessed in American movies, I saw a lot of them and they helped me to improve my English.
Which KE holiday do you most like to lead?
Trekking Dana to Petra
What has been the most amusing moment you have experienced on a KE holiday?
In one of the trips (JDP) there was a very nice man that I used to call the big boss, almost every day in the morning he used to bring me a cup of tea in my bed! I have never expected something like that in all the trips, I have never had my tea in bed before.
What has been the most challenging incident you have faced on a KE holiday?
Do you think that foreign tourism is a good thing for your country?
Of course tourism can be the most important income in Jordan, because there are a lot of unique tourist sites in our country that could interest a lot of people in the whole world like Petra, Jerash, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.
What do you think is the future of foreign tourism in your country?
Actually we live in the middle east and it is never stable in the area around us, so I do not know.
What do you do with your free time?
I am a sports buff, I like playing football, swimming and running.
What is your favourite sport?
When travelling with a group, what do the local people say about your clients?
Sometimes they like what we do, and sometimes they say that we are crazy to pay money just to walk in the desert.
Have you travelled abroad, and if so where?
Yes, just to Saudi Arabia
Which countries would you like to visit?
Egypt ,Turk, Greece ,England ,Italy and spain.
What music do you listen to - who is your favourite performer?
I am more related to the oriental and classical Arabic performers.
Which person do you most admire in the world?
Our prophet Mohammad.
Do you know of any local projects that our charity, the Juniper Trust, could work with?
What you have to say about Yousef...
"Our trip leader, Yousef, was kind, helpful and a good explainer of the history and local culture." Jerri Brown
"Excellent in every way. Both Yousef and Saleem had a good sense of humour." Alex Horn
"Yousef was excellent, a really lovely fun guy, who was always so helpful and cheery. Yousef and Salem made the holiday so much fun - a great pairing. Yousef was also a fantastic tour guide in Petra - I learned a lot." Elaine Aitken
"Yousef was delightful - always cheerful and very patient and knowledgeable." Susan Russell