Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? Medical Student
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? My mum knows Hermann Oberli
Did you go alone or in company? in company
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? September 2006
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? everything is very different...
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? the happiness of the people
What did negatively surprise you? the instability of the country
What took longest to get used to? to live without coffee, cakes and chocolate
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? violin, coffee, cakes and chocolate
What should you have brought along? see above
What did you do to prevent malaria? Malarone
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Gizo, Western Province
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Honiara, Honiara City
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House in Honiara and Phoebe's Resthouse in Gizo
How long did you stay at each location? 5 weeks in Honiara and 8 weeks in Gizo
How much did you pay for each? SBD 65 per night at Phoebe's
Where did you usually eat? market
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 10
What local food/beverage did you like most? fruits and fish!
What local food/beverage did you like least? rice
Mobile phone services
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Money matters
Used debit card to get cash at ATMs
Used credit card to get cash and to get cash at ATMs
Comments? -
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH and Gizo Hospital
What was your occupation? Medical Student
What were your working days and hours? Monday - Friday, 8am - 3pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? the bad health system
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? reading, walking to the sea, Fatboys...
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? loose
Comments -
How was the teaching? poor
Comments But i didn't go to the SI because I expected teaching!
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? December 2006
How long was your stay? 3 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? that you can be very happy even if you have nothing
Your advice to prospective visitors? Go to Gizo and start smiling when the plane goes down to the airport island!!!
What did you miss most when back at home again? The smiles of the people, the sea... everything!
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? my bed, bath, chocolate and coffee
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 5,500
Additional comments? It was the best time of my life...

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