Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? MD
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? reading an article
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? September 2002
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Where the hell am I?
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? the people with their warmhearted attitude
What did negatively surprise you? nothing is really functioning
What took longest to get used to? never ending power cuts and frequent water supply problems
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? after half a year: cervelats (Swiss sausages), salami, and chocolate
What should you have brought along? salami
What did you do to prevent malaria? sleep under a mosquito net
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House
How long did you stay at each location? 11 months
How much did you pay for each? as a volunteer doctor nothing
Where did you usually eat? hospital cafeteria, Kiwi-House
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 7
What local food/beverage did you like most? kumara, cassava, cassava-pudding, taro, coconut drink, snake beans, egg plants...
What local food/beverage did you like least? none
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH
What was your occupation? doctor (registrar)
What were your working days and hours? Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm, additionally I was on call (including weekends)
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? never ending fight against the chaotic hospital life
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? watching the sea, spent time with locals
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? August 2003
How long was your stay? 11 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? try to get along with what you have
Your advice to prospective visitors? respect the locals and be yourself
What did you miss most when back at home again? the feeling of life in the streets and daily sceneries
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? the comfort of a Swiss house (water, electricity)
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 10,000
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