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? October 2016
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? lack of support because I didn't get picked up at airport and couldn't stay at Jubilee House as promised
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? friendliness of the Solomon people
What did negatively surprise you? unreliability
What took longest to get used to? unpunctuality
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? milk
What should you have brought along? [-]
What did you do to prevent malaria? take Mefloquin, use repellent
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? [-]
Where did you stay? backpacker hostel and Jubilee House
How long did you stay at each location? first 4 days in a backpacker hostel, rest of my 2 month at Jubilee House
How much did you pay for each? backpackers: SBD 300/night, Jubilee House SBD 200/night
Where did you usually eat? home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 60 to 80
What local food/beverage did you like most? cassava pudding
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 data
Comments? mainly used data
Money matters
Used a debit card 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 and fracture clinic
What was your occupation? Medical Student
What were your working days and hours? Monday-Friday, 08.00-16.00
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? pidgin language skills were insufficient for history taking with patients
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? go to the market, have a drink at a bar/hotel, go for a swim at a hotel pool, reading
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? loose
Comments [-]
How was the teaching? adequate
Comments [-]
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? November 2016
How long was your stay? 2 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? smile
Your advice to prospective visitors? go unbiased and be prepared that the living expenses are higher than you'd expect
What did you miss most when back at home again? warm-heartedness of the people
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? family and friends
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 4,000
Additional comments? [-]

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