Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Visitor
Sex? female
Profession/occupation? Surgeon
Medical school year or years of experience since graduation? 18
Home country? United States of America
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? my previous 3 visits
Did you go alone or in company? in company
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? November 2008
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Honiara is a bit dirty, but Visale and Tetere are beautiful.
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? how friendly the people are
What did negatively surprise you? how difficult it is to get medical care
What took longest to get used to? heat and humidity
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? nothing
What should you have brought along? binoculars
What did you do to prevent malaria? took Malarone and used bug spray
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Guadalcanal
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Savo, Russells, Floridas, Central Province; New Georgia, Western Province
Where did you stay? Mendana Hotel (Honiara)
How long did you stay at each location? 2 days to one week
How much did you pay for each? USD 150
Where did you usually eat? restaurant
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? USD 15-30
What local food/beverage did you like most? slippery cabbage, potatoes
What local food/beverage did you like least? none
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? -
Comments? I was unable to get mobile service
Money matters
Used US bank debit card to get cash at ATMs
Used US bank credit card to pay for goods and services
Comments? no trouble getting SBD
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk, by bus, by boat
Where did you work? NRH, Tulagi Hospital, Good Samaritan in Tetere, Seghe Clinic, Yandina Clinic
What was your occupation? surgeon
What were your working days and hours? daily 10 hours
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? not enough time to see all the patients that needed to be seen
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? scuba dive, hike
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? very close
Comments Our group had a director
How was the teaching? -
Comments not applicable
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? November 2008
How long was your stay? one week
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? pidgin, medicine and resilience
Your advice to prospective visitors? be sure to travel west and east from Honiara, the country is beautiful
What did you miss most when back at home again? the people of the Solomon Islands
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? my family, patients and employees
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? USD 3,000
Additional comments? I plan to do medical work at least twice a year in the Solomon Islands.

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