First off - kudos to everyone on this board for creating the best overall international teaching resource that I've found online. Sincerely appreciate folks taking the time to genuinely answer questions and let others benefit from their experience. After lurking around for a few days, I decided to put my questions directly to all of you. Unfortunately, given my lack of international experience, I'm not sure what I can offer in return other than my gratitude. If anyone has any questions about coming over to Canada, I can probably get those answered for you! So here's the deal. My wife and I are both 31-year-old Canadian teachers (no children, no plans for any). She has five years in teaching early years (primary). I've got nine years under my belt teaching a variety of senior years (secondary) humanities courses, with a unique focus on personal finance and entrepreneurship in recent years. Without boring everyone with the rest of our CVs, I'll just say that we have extensive extracurricular backgrounds and I have an M.Ed. My questions are: 1) What can we do in the next year to shine up our CVs to make ourselves as attractive as possible? I'm hearing that paying for a couple of IB courses out of pocket would help us check that "IB box" to a small degree, despite the fact we won't actually have taught an IB course when we apply. 2) There are obviously some excellent, well-paying jobs all over the world. (I've looked at them on SA and ISC!) We believe that we'd like to focus on Asia (given that I don't think I could do the Middle East's climate, and the decent-paying European jobs are incredibly competitive). Without any international experience, is it reasonable to think that we would have a crack at some of the top schools in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, or Japan? Perhaps the "2nd tier" of schools just under the very top-paying options in those countries? 3) Would anyone care to PM me in regards to what teaching in various parts of China is like? I have a friend that teaches at a non-international school in Shenzen and while he liked the city, wasn't a big fan of the school. I'm thinking the pollution levels in Beijing might take that one out of the running for me, but how about say Guangzhou or Shanghai? Are the pollution levels similar there? Compensation relative to the front runners I listed? Thanks again for your help and expertise!