Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? TOA (theater nurse)
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? browsing the web
Did you go alone or in company? alone
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? September 2007
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? to get an answer always took 3 months
What was your first impression after arrival? It was very hot, humid and dirty
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? People in general. The lovely smiles on the streets.
What did negatively surprise you? The behaviour of the locals when drinking.
What took longest to get used to? the heat
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Salami
What should you have brought along? more pictures and souvenirs from Switzerland to show the locals my country
What did you do to prevent malaria? mosquito net, Mephaquin, Antibrum
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? -
Where did you stay? Gabby Wing House
How long did you stay at each location? 4 months
How much did you pay for each? SBD 0
Where did you usually eat? home and Tirosh
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 30-100
What local food/beverage did you like most? coconut bread, sweet potato chips
What local food/beverage did you like least? cold canned tuna fish
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? voice
Comments? cost for SIM card SBD 400
Money matters
Used debit cards to get cash at ATMs
Used credit card to pay for goods and services
Comments? -
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH, operating theater
What was your occupation? theater nurse
What were your working days and hours? Monday to Friday, 7.30 - 16.00
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? the language and very short or no explanations
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? sitting on the veranda and talk to friends, go out, washing clothes
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? adequate
Comments -
How was the teaching? -
Comments -
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? December 2007
How long was your stay? 4 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? to keep up that smile :-) and waiting
Your advice to prospective visitors? learn pijin
What did you miss most when back at home again? my new friends there and the fresh fruits
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? the western comfort
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 7,500
Additional comments? It was always my dream to work overseas, and Solomon Islands was the best experience I ever had in my life! Worth more than everything I did so far.

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