Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? MD
Medical school year or years of experience since graduation? 0
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? my previous visit
Did you go alone or in company? alone
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? November 2016
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? nothing changed
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? They rebuild the road.
What did negatively surprise you? -
What took longest to get used to? the weather
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? bread and cheese
What should you have brought along? -
What did you do to prevent malaria? with Malarone, repellant, mosquito net
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Kirakira, Makira-Ulawa
Other places/provinces where you stayed? [-]
Where did you stay? Freshwind Guesthouse
How long did you stay at each location? 4 weeks
How much did you pay for each? SBD 600/night
Where did you usually eat? Guesthouse
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 60
What local food/beverage did you like most? fish, fruits, Solbrew
What local food/beverage did you like least? -
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? [-]
Comments? Swisscom doesn't work, used local Telekom SIM card
Money matters
Used a Maestro debit card and a Mastercard credit card to get cash at ATMs.
Comments? There are no ATMs in Makira-Ulawa province.
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? Kirakira Hospital
What was your occupation? Medical Doctor
What were your working days and hours? 8:30am- 5pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? no internet to check up
Did you feel accepted by the locals? [-]
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? swimming in the sea, eating
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? loose
Comments I worked on my own.
How was the teaching? very poor
Comments There was no teaching for me.
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? December 2016
How long was your stay? 6 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? Just about right.
What did you learn from the locals? A lot!
Your advice to prospective visitors? Don't expect too much.
What did you miss most when back at home again? The warmth and way of life.
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? bread
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 5,000
Additional comments? I had again a great time!

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