Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? General Surgeon
Medical school year or years of experience since graduation? [-]
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? getting in touch with Hermann Oberli
Did you go alone or in company? in company
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? February 2015
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? hot
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? nature
What did negatively surprise you? I wonder if we are accepted
What took longest to get used to? overall bribery
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Internet access
What should you have brought along? music
What did you do to prevent malaria? nothing
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? [-]
Where did you stay? guesthouse
How long did you stay at each location? 3 weeks
How much did you pay for each? nothing
Where did you usually eat? home, Chinese
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? not much
What local food/beverage did you like most? beer
What local food/beverage did you like least? coffee was horrible
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? [-]
Comments? Swiss mobile phone did not work!!!
Money matters
Used a Visa debit card to get cash and to get cash at ATMs
Comments? brought along AUD and EUR to change
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk or by car
Where did you work? NRH Trauma Department
What was your occupation? teacher / supervisor
What were your working days and hours? up to 10 hours
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? acceptance
Did you feel accepted by the locals? not sure
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? read
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
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Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? February 2015
How long was your stay? 3 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? pidgin
Your advice to prospective visitors? do not be disappointed
What did you miss most when back at home again? humidity and heat
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? functioning administration
Would you go back for another stay? Maybe.
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 10,000
Additional comments? A short letter of introduction so that everybody knows your position and competencies might be helpful.

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