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? the humidity
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? The people are all very happy and are laughing about everything!
What did negatively surprise you? rubbish on the streets and on the coast
What took longest to get used to? sometimes no water in the Kiwi-House
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? a good shower ;-)
What should you have brought along? balloons for children
What did you do to prevent malaria? Malarone
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? 12 weeks
How much did you pay for each? SBD 200 total
Where did you usually eat? home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 20
What local food/beverage did you like most? cassava, bush lime
What local food/beverage did you like least? at the end: noodle soups
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? none
Comments? nothing worked
Money matters
Used a debit card issued by Westpac to get cash and to get cash at ATMs
Comments? -
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? 8-15 hours (sometimes longer)
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? when we arrived to understand pidgin
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? sports, hanging around, go to the beaches, short trips around Guadalcanal, trips to Western Province, going out
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? close
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? 12 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? always to be in good spirits
Your advice to prospective visitors? try to talk to everybody and enjoy the way of life
What did you miss most when back at home again? my new friends in Solomon Islands
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? having a warm shower ;-)
Would you go back for another stay? Maybe.
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 5,000
Additional comments? -

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