Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? Medical Student
Home country? Wales, UK
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? browsing the web
Did you go alone or in company? in company
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? July 2007
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Impoverished country
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? Friendly people
What did negatively surprise you? Poor conditions on the streets of Honiara
What took longest to get used to? People staring at you in the street, as they are not accustomed to seeing people of different skin colour
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Chocolate and dairy products!! They have no fresh milk over there.
What should you have brought along? More books to read!
What did you do to prevent malaria? Malerone prophylaxis
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? Chester Resthouse
How long did you stay at each location? 6 weeks
How much did you pay for each? SBD 90/night
Where did you usually eat? Home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 90
What local food/beverage did you like most? fresh fish!
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? -
Comments? -
Money matters
Used debit card to get cash at ATMs and pay for goods/services
Comments? -
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? by bus
Where did you work? National Referral Hospital
What was your occupation? Medical Student
What were your working days and hours? 8am to 3pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? Adjusting to poor sanitary conditions
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? beach!
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? adequate
Comments -
How was the teaching? adequate
Comments -
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? September 2007
How long was your stay? 8 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? Make the most of what you have in life
Your advice to prospective visitors? Not to take anything expensive with them, as you will stand out like a sore thumb!
What did you miss most when back at home again? Sunshine and amazing beaches
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? dairy products and proper cooking facilities
Would you go back for another stay? Yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? GBP 1,000
Additional comments? Never leave your flip-flops outside a house, take them off and then take them in with you, otherwise they will get stolen!

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