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? Australia
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? talking to a previous visitor
Did you go alone or in company? in company
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? August 2011
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Hot!
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? Hospitality
What did negatively surprise you? Cost of local transport
What took longest to get used to? Limited facilities
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Indian food
What should you have brought along? More insect repellant
What did you do to prevent malaria? Took prophylaxis
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Gizo, Western Province
Other places/provinces where you stayed? [-]
Where did you stay? Guesthouse
How long did you stay at each location? 4 weeks
How much did you pay for each? SBD 150/night
Where did you usually eat? home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 50
What local food/beverage did you like most? bush lime
What local food/beverage did you like least? slippery cabbage
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? voice and SMS
Comments? Bemobile terrible quality
Money matters
Used a debit card issued by HSBC to get cash at ATMs
Used a VISA credit card to pay for goods and services
Comments? [-]
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? Gizo Hospital
What was your occupation? Medical Student
What were your working days and hours? Mon-Fri 8-5
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? Language difficulties
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? swimming, diving, sightseeing
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? August 2011
How long was your stay? 1 month
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? Be more relaxed, not worry about time
Your advice to prospective visitors? Allow lots of extra time for travel
What did you miss most when back at home again? the lovely fish at the markets
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? A comfortable bed
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? AUD 2,000
Additional comments? [-]

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