Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? Medical Student
Medical school year or years of experience since graduation? 6
Home country? Australia
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? browsing the web
Did you go alone or in company? alone
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? May 2008
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Friendly people, developing country
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? The friendliness of the people in the Solomons
What did negatively surprise you? How dirty the city was
What took longest to get used to? The heat and humidity
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? hot showers
What should you have brought along? light waterproof jacket
What did you do to prevent malaria? Mosquito net, insect repellents
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Taro, Choiseul Province
Other places/provinces where you stayed? -
Where did you stay? House
How long did you stay at each location? 6 weeks
How much did you pay for each? -
Where did you usually eat? With some of the hospital staff
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 20
What local food/beverage did you like most? Banana Pizza
What local food/beverage did you like least? -
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? -
Comments? -
Money matters
Used Cirrus or Maestro debit cards to get cash at ATMs
Comments? Take cash out in Honiara. There was no ATM services at Taro at time of visit but one is being built.
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk (You can walk around the entire island in about 15 minutes.)
Where did you work? Taro Hospital
What was your occupation? Medical student
What were your working days and hours? Depending on work load but usually about 6 hours a day
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? Lack of blood test
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Relax on the beach, play soccer, snorkel, bake
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? loose
Comments -
How was the teaching? adequate
Comments Ward teaching
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? July 2008
How long was your stay? 7 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? Heaps: cooking, fishing, clinical medicine, another way of life.
Your advice to prospective visitors? Go there with a relaxed easy going attitude and teach as well as learn from everyone and really immerse yourself and have fun!
What did you miss most when back at home again? The warmth and friendliness of the community atmosphere
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? friends and family
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? AUD 2,500
Additional comments? Had a wonderful time and can't wait to go back if the opportunity arises

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