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? 4
Home country? Hong Kong
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? April 2016
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? The pace here is slow
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? the friendly doctors and nurses who always make you part of the team, the flexibility of our activities in hospital
What did negatively surprise you? high cost of living and eating out
What took longest to get used to? the weather and insects
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? food from home
What should you have brought along? more books
What did you do to prevent malaria? doxycycline
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Gizo, Western Province
Other places/provinces where you stayed? [-]
Where did you stay? Phoebe's guesthouse
How long did you stay at each location? 1 month
How much did you pay for each? SBD 125/night
Where did you usually eat? home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 30
What local food/beverage did you like most? Banana cake and bread, pamelo, the short bananas
What local food/beverage did you like least? starch banana
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? voice and SMS
Comments? Data plan was important too
Money matters
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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? weekdays, 8-4
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? language barrier
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? reading
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? close
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How was the teaching? very good
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Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? April 2016
How long was your stay? 4 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? how to diagnose and treat with limited resources
Your advice to prospective visitors? be prepared for the slow and more relaxed pace (even in the hospital), there might not be a lot going on but it is interesting to see a different style from home
What did you miss most when back at home again? the people
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? the daily comforts like a clean bathroom
Would you go back for another stay? Maybe.
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? USD 3,500
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