Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? Medical Student
Home country? UK
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? March 2007
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? -
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? The friendly people, laid back attitudes to life
What did negatively surprise you? -
What took longest to get used to? The heat and humidity (but it didn't take long)
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Friends and family
What should you have brought along? -
What did you do to prevent malaria? Malarone and mosquito net
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Kilu'ufi Hospital, Malaita Province
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House, Ethel's rest house
How long did you stay at each location? 4 weeks, 2 weeks
How much did you pay for each? SBD 100 for whole stay, SBD 100/night
Where did you usually eat? Yacht club, or fruit from market or hospital canteen, never cooked
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 5 - 50 more for expensive restaurants
What local food/beverage did you like most? Bush lime, coconut cream buns
What local food/beverage did you like least? SolBrew
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? voice
Comments? You have to buy a local SIM but then works no problem in Honiara
Money matters
Used Barclays debit card to get cash at ATMs and pay for goods/services
Used Mastercard credit card to get cash and get cash at ATMs
Comments? Take a spare credit card if you have one, my visa card got swallowed by the ATM
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH paediatrics. Kilu'ufi - everywhere
What was your occupation? student
What were your working days and hours? Monday-Friday 7.30 - 1ish at NRH. Kilu'ufi 8am - late plus all emergencies
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? My lack of knowledge
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Storied with local people, sightseeing, swimming
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? adequate
Comments Felt well supported in both places but able to get very involved at Kilu'ufi
How was the teaching? good
Comments Structured paeds teaching at NRH and great clinical teaching at Kilu'ufi
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? April 2007
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 be more accepting of what life throws at me
Your advice to prospective visitors? Be open and talk to people, they will appreciate it and you will be welcomed into local life. Also go to Kilu'ufi, I heard a lot of negative things about it in Honiara but would highly recommend it.
What did you miss most when back at home again? Friends! The Sunshine!
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? A bath
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? GBP 3,000
Additional comments? I had the best elective I could imagine and would love to go back especially to Malaita which is a beautiful and friendly place where provided you are willing to work hard you can make fantastic friends and gain huge experience in the hospital! If you want more of a holiday elective, NRH is better for this.

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