Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? medical student / personal trainer
Home country? Australia
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? contact that could organise the visit and recommeded the hospital
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? November 2003
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? seemed disorganised, poorly funded
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? friendly people, safe environment, good learning opportunities
What did negatively surprise you? the disorganisation and slow nature of change
What took longest to get used to? mosquitoes and all the precautions
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? to be able to chill out with some good food and a DVD - turn off for a while
What should you have brought along? some music, flippers, good snorkel, more books
What did you do to prevent malaria? nets to sleep under, doxycycline religiously, primiquine after
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? 1 month
How much did you pay for each? SBD 0
Where did you usually eat? home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 10
What local food/beverage did you like most? coconuts
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? student and assistant
What were your working days and hours? 7.45am-2.00pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? nothing much
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? study, read, exercise
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? December 2003
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? to just relax more
Your advice to prospective visitors? arrive with an open uncritical perspective
What did you miss most when back at home again? the other medical staff
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? food and family
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? AUD 2,000
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