Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? Medical Student
Home country? United Kingdom
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? reading an article
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? August 2006
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Developing, but looked interesting
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? The friendly nature of absolutely everyone there
What did negatively surprise you? The political situation
What took longest to get used to? The heat
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Being able to drink the tap water
What should you have brought along? My laptop and some DVDs for rainy nights in
What did you do to prevent malaria? I took Malarone
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Gizo, Western Province
Where did you stay? United Church guesthouse and Kiwi-House
How long did you stay at each location? United Church was for 1 week and Kiwi-House was for 4 weeks
How much did you pay for each? United Church was SBD 100 and Kiwi-House was a total of SBD 150
Where did you usually eat? The Yacht Club - cheap, good food and great portions, the Honiara Hotel
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 30
What local food/beverage did you like most? Coconut bread and chilli tayo
What local food/beverage did you like least? Solomon blue tuna and SolBrew
Mobile phone services
Money matters
Used American Express Traveller Cheques in US$ to get cash.
Used Visa credit card to get cash at ATMs and pay for goods/services.
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH - paediatric department
What was your occupation? Medical Student
What were your working days and hours? Mon-Fri 8am-1pm, clinic on Mon & Wed 1pm-3pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? The lack of investigations
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Sight seeing, walked around town, went to Flamingos night club & the Yacht Club
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? close
Comments paeds had excellent supervision for procedures
How was the teaching? very good
Comments I had teaching everyday and was actively encouraged to participate
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? October 2006
How long was your stay? 6 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? To take things on 'Solomon Time' sometimes it's good for you
Your advice to prospective visitors? Don't expect hot water and get used to mosquitoes they will become your friends
What did you miss most when back at home again? People smiling and saying hello to you everyday, the culture and general way of life.
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? A hot shower and a bar of proper Cadbury's chocolate
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? GBP 1,800
Additional comments? I had the most wonderful experience of my life in the Solomons. It has changed my life forever, but don't stay just in Honiara, see the real untouched Solomons in Gizo or any of the other provinces. Gizo is possibly the most beautiful place I have ever seen, it is definitely worth a trip and more importantly, you must learn to dive here if you don't already know how to. I did and loved it so much.

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