Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? medical student
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? talking to a previous visitor
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? June 2005
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? hot and humid, very helpful people
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? everything
What did negatively surprise you? nothing
What took longest to get used to? nothing
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? bread
What should you have brought along? chocolate and older clothes
What did you do to prevent malaria? Lariam once a week
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 resthouse
How long did you stay at each location? 2 months
How much did you pay for each? SBD 55/night
Where did you usually eat? Tropics, PT109, Gizo Hotel, cooking myself
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 25-30
What local food/beverage did you like most? chicken curry, chili tuna, fresh fish, curry puffs
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? Gizo Hospital / outpatients
What was your occupation? medical student
What were your working days and hours? [-]
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? to decide a lot of stuff on my own and not asking a local doctor for each patient
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? diving
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? August 2005
How long was your stay? 2 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? don't get stressed, nature is also a very good doctor
Your advice to prospective visitors? Bring medical stuff to the hospital!!!!
What did you miss most when back at home again? all the people, the island
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? good Swiss bread
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 6,000 - 7,000
Additional comments? There were too many students at the end of my stay, at Gizo Hospital there should be a maximum of four medical students, otherwise you can't do anything!

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