Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? Female
Profession/occupation? Student Midwife
Medical school year or years of experience since graduation? 3
Home country? New Zealand
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? November 2015
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Hot and humid. Streets busy and dusty.
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? [-]
What did negatively surprise you? The pollution
What took longest to get used to? The heat
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Food from back home
What should you have brought along? Wet wipes for when there was no water and electrolytes to keep hydrated.
What did you do to prevent malaria? Insect repellant
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? [-]
Where did you stay? Jubilee House
How long did you stay at each location? 1 month
How much did you pay for each? SBD 60/night
Where did you usually eat? Home. Hard to find reasonable places to eat out.
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 100
What local food/beverage did you like most? Fresh coconuts and fresh fruit was amazing.
What local food/beverage did you like least? [-]
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? Voice and SMS
Comments? Our Telekom and bmobile
Money matters
Used an ASB debit card and an ASB credit card to get cash at ATMs and pay for goods and services.
Comments? [-]
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH
What was your occupation? Student Midwife
What were your working days and hours? Flexible, normally 8 hour shifts. Stayed on call for birth.
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? The lack of resources and different practices from back home.
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Cool down and play cards. Go to the local market for fruit and vegetables.
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? adequate
Comments [-]
How was the teaching? adequate
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Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? December 2015
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? Their resourcefulness and ability to be kind to each other in stressful conditions.
Your advice to prospective visitors? Very hot working conditions.
What did you miss most when back at home again? The staff
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? The food and living conditions
Would you go back for another stay? Yes.
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? NZD 3,000
Additional comments? Go snorkelling, it was amazing!

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