The single best political strategy
Managing the politics involved in teaching requires you to just admit that you know nothing. Pretend that you are an alien from outer space. You have no idea how to teach. You have no idea how the system works and you need help at all times. If you don’t do this, then people want to use your sense of importance against you.
Think about what you can do both for your students - and for yourself!
Teaching English is something that many people take for granted because they don’t realize how significant the role of an English teacher is. The point is that you, the teacher, are impacting many people’s lives, and they will remember you for a very long time.
Some rules of the road
There are some businesses you’ll get into in Asia as a teacher where the best you can hope for is a good one year and then you leave either because the environment is just so toxic or because you are going to get burned out or maybe you’ll just get sick of living in a rural area.