Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Visitor
Sex? male
Profession/occupation? Medical Student
Home country? United Kingdom
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? browsing the web
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? August 2006
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Very poor, very hot, very dusty!
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? The genuine friendliness of many of the people.
What did negatively surprise you? How dusty it was
What took longest to get used to? Heat and humidity
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Friends and family
What should you have brought along? More books, possibly a music player
What did you do to prevent malaria? Doxycycline 100mg od
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? [-]
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House
How long did you stay at each location? 2 months
How much did you pay for each? SBD 150 in total
Where did you usually eat? Home and sometimes out
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 150
What local food/beverage did you like most? Fresh fruit from the market, fresh fish, Solbrew
What local food/beverage did you like least? Solomon blue canned tuna
Mobile phone services
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Money matters
Used my Visa card to get cash, also at ATMs
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH, Medicine
What was your occupation? Medical Student
What were your working days and hours? Every morning, some afternoons
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? Pidgin dialect
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Study, read, catch up with other students
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? adequate
How was the teaching? good
Comments Formal teaching three times a week
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? September 2006
How long was your stay? 2 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? Stay calm and relaxed, even in trying situations.
Your advice to prospective visitors? Go with an open mind, immerse yourself and you'll have a wonderful time.
What did you miss most when back at home again? Solbrew, fresh fish, locals attitude to life
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? Calmer weather
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? GBP 2,000
Additional comments? Very relaxed working at the hospital. I was given the opportunity to visit Gizo which was most worthwhile.

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