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? 4
Home country? UK
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? talking to a previous visitor
Did you go alone or in company? in company
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? August 2008
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? One word - stunning
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? Solomon time - everyone's so relaxed it's great!
What did negatively surprise you? Solomon time - everyone's so relaxed it takes ages for anything to get done (especially in the hospital)
What took longest to get used to? -
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Nothing!
What should you have brought along? More mosquito repellent
What did you do to prevent malaria? Antimalarials - Malarone
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Munda, Western Province
Other places/provinces where you stayed? -
Where did you stay? Agnes Lodge
How long did you stay at each location? 4 weeks
How much did you pay for each? GBP 220 total
Where did you usually eat? Home cooking - very cheap food from the markets
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 20
What local food/beverage did you like most? -
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
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Comments? -
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? Helena Goldie Hospital
What was your occupation? Working in all parts of the hospital
What were your working days and hours? 7am - 1pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? Limited management, many drugs available (surprisingly), but major cases needed to be sent to Honiara
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Diving, diving and more diving. Relaxing at the lodge. Treks inland with some locals. Getting to know everyone you meet!
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? loose
Comments The one doctor there left us alone for a week!
How was the teaching? adequate
Comments -
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? August 2008
How long was your stay? 4 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? Being friendly - everyone was so welcoming and always wanting to have a chat
Your advice to prospective visitors? -
What did you miss most when back at home again? The people
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? -
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? GBP 1,200
Additional comments? -

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