Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? Medical student
Home country? Australia
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? browsing the web
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? July 2006
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? The place was noisy and dirty
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? The lovely people
What did negatively surprise you? The dirt and betel nut
What took longest to get used to? Sleeping 2 meters from the biggest road in the country
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? My friends
What should you have brought along? A rash vest
What did you do to prevent malaria? Doxycycline
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Gizo, Western Province
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House, hotel
How long did you stay at each location? 6 weeks, 3 weeks
How much did you pay for each? SBD 150 total, SBD 600 total
Where did you usually eat? at home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 60
What local food/beverage did you like most? Cray fish
What local food/beverage did you like least? Fermented coconut
Mobile phone services
Wayyy too expensive
Money matters
Used Credit Card to get cash at ATMs
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH
What was your occupation? medical student
What were your working days and hours? 8am to 2pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? The ECG machine
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Drank and explored
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? loose
How was the teaching? good
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? September 2006
How long was your stay? 9 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? To have fun and relax
Your advice to prospective visitors? Get involved
What did you miss most when back at home again? The people and the sun
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? a shower
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? AU$ 4,000
Additional comments? There was the cleaner at the NRH accommodation in Kiwi House, she tried to lie to us to get money, when we didn't give it to her she went to the CEO with lies about us wrecking the place, and we all got in to a lot of trouble.

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