Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? RN / religious sister
Medical school year or years of experience since graduation? 6
Home country? Croatia
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? invitation from bishop
Did you go alone or in company? in company
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? May 2011
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Honiara was dirty and rural areas undeveloped but people were wonderful
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? people
What did negatively surprise you? prices
What took longest to get used to? Solomon Time
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? [-]
What should you have brought along? [-]
What did you do to prevent malaria? I had malaria 3 times
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Buma South, Malaita
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Tetere, Guadalcanal
Where did you stay? Diocese house in Buma, Convent in Tenaru and Tetere
How long did you stay at each location? from one week to one year
How much did you pay for each? nothing
Where did you usually eat? home, restaurants
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? EUR 10
What local food/beverage did you like most? pumpkin tops with coconut milk, mango
What local food/beverage did you like least? taro leaf
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? none
Comments? couldn't use my mobile
Money matters
Used Travel Cash Card in EUR to get cash and get cash at ATMs
Comments? I opened account at BSP and used their cash cheques.
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? Buma Clinic, Good Samaritan Hospital, Tetere
What was your occupation? nurse
What were your working days and hours? 5 days a week for 8h (and 24/7 prepared for emergency cases)
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? lack of medical supplies and transportation
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? visit villages, swim, spend time with people
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? close
Comments local staff does excellent job in conditions they work in
How was the teaching? good
Comments [-]
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? May 2012
How long was your stay? 12 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? pijin, to go with the flow
Your advice to prospective visitors? Be opend minded, have no expectations and be ready for adventure.
What did you miss most when back at home again? people
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? variety of food
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? EUR 10,000
Additional comments? Tagio tumas!

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