One of my trainees wants to go and teach in either the Philippines or Thailand after she has qualified. Should she go straight off or should she do her NQT first? My personal advice is to do the NQT as you never know what the government will do with the rule book. Better to get yourself free of the government meddling before heading abroad. Plus, I’m sure schools would rather a year's experience under the belt. However, that’s not to say I’m right. I haven’t taught abroad and so I am seeking second opinions. How sound is that advice of mine? Could more experienced overseas teachers adjust it to be more insightful and detailed? Should I encourage her to consider going straight off?