Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? Medical Student
Medical school year or years of experience since graduation? 6
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? talking to a previous visitor
Did you go alone or in company? alone
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? March 2010
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? hot, humid, I want to go back home
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? how good medical services are in spite of the few resources available
What did negatively surprise you? -
What took longest to get used to? no running water in the Kiwi-House, humidity
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? good bread, a real shower
What should you have brought along? a friend
What did you do to prevent malaria? Mephloquine
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Auki, Malaita Province
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House, AM-Inn (Auki)
How long did you stay at each location? 4 weeks, 2 weeks
How much did you pay for each? SBD 200 total for the Kiwi-House, SBD 70/night at the AM-Inn
Where did you usually eat? home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? little
What local food/beverage did you like most? kasawa (cassava)
What local food/beverage did you like least? kasawa pudding, didn't taste like anything
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? -
Comments? SMS didn't make it all the way home. No SMS received with local telecom.
Money matters
Used a debit card issued by Valiant Bank to get cash at ATMs
Used a credit card issued by Valiant Bank to get cash at ATMs and to pay for goods and services
Comments? -
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH Orthopedics, Kilu'ufi General Medicine
What was your occupation? observing and helping with the patientcare
What were your working days and hours? 8am till there was nothing else to do
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? Locals can't really talk English, I couldn't talk pijin. Conversation and understanding wasn't easy.
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? study
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? close
Comments -
How was the teaching? good
Comments -
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? April 2010
How long was your stay? 7 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? too long
What did you learn from the locals? their way of living, their culture
Your advice to prospective visitors? don't go all by yourself
What did you miss most when back at home again? The jami fruits and the humidity, it gave me great hair! :)
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? being with my family
Would you go back for another stay? No.
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 4,500
Additional comments? -

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