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? Switzerland
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? September 2009
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Heat, sweat, poverty, dirt
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? Accommodation at Kiwi-House
What did negatively surprise you? Slowness, hygiene, hospital infrastructure
What took longest to get used to? Laid-back way of working
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Food
What should you have brought along? -
What did you do to prevent malaria? Malarone sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline
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, Charapoana Lodge, Tetepare, Ghizo
How long did you stay at each location? Kiwi-House for 2 months, Charapoana Lodge and Tetepare and Ghizo for 4-7 nights
How much did you pay for each? SBD 200 for the whole stay at Kiwi-House, about SBD 100 per stay at other accommodations
Where did you usually eat? Market, Kukum Fried Chicken, sometimes at restaurants
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 70
What local food/beverage did you like most? Fish
What local food/beverage did you like least? Meat
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? SMS
Comments? Local network is down most of the time, I used Internet for calls.
Money matters
Used Travel Cash Card in USD issued by a Swiss bank to get cash and to get cash at ATMs
Used a Credit Card issued by a Swiss bank to pay for goods and services
Comments? I used a Travel Cash Card to get to money at ATMs, cheapest option.
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk (2 minutes from Kiwi-House)
Where did you work? NRH, General Medicine
What was your occupation? Patients' care, interventions, medication
What were your working days and hours? -
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? To be allowed to work independently
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Explore the islands
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? loose
Comments -
How was the teaching? adequate
Comments -
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? December 2009
How long was your stay? 2.5 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? A different way of life and how they manage all sorts of troubles
Your advice to prospective visitors? Go there! Explore the islands if you have time to spare.
What did you miss most when back at home again? The friendly people
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? A nice dinner
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 4,000
Additional comments? -

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