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? 5
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? May 2010
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Very friendly and helpful people (especially Rose and Yvonne)
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? the people
What did negatively surprise you? nothing
What took longest to get used to? no/very slow internet
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? books/internet for medical research
What should you have brought along? more medical books
What did you do to prevent malaria? Mefloquine
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? Kiwi-House, Phoebe's Resthouse
How long did you stay at each location? 6 weeks each
How much did you pay for each? Kiwi-House: SBD 200 for 6 Weeks, Phoebe's SBD 110/night
Where did you usually eat? lunch: home; dinner: home/Kukum Fried Chicken/Restaurant
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 40
What local food/beverage did you like most? fresh fish, coconut rice
What local food/beverage did you like least? grilled fish embryo
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? voice and SMS
Comments? -
Money matters
Used a credit card issued by Mastercard to get cash at ATMs
Comments? -
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH: Surgical Department, Gizo: Outpatients
What was your occupation? Elective Medical Student
What were your working days and hours? Honiara: 8 AM to 4-11 PM, Gizo: 8.30 AM - 3 PM
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? Gizo: little medical supervision
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Honiara: spend time with neighbours, doctors, other local students; Gizo: swimming, snorkeling, cooking, dancing
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? adequate
Comments very loose in Gizo, close in Honiara
How was the teaching? adequate
Comments poor in Gizo, good in Honiara
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? August 2010
How long was your stay? 3 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? how easily your life can be very joyful by just being interested in each other
Your advice to prospective visitors? never be afraid, be very open and friendly to everyone you meet
What did you miss most when back at home again? the people
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? running water
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 6,000
Additional comments? Bring medical books (in English), hospital supplies (scrubs, Betadine, old glasses, anything...), and small presents for children, neighbours, friends!

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