I say go for it. It’s a rare opportunity to get a leg up financially. One of my boy’s from back home, he did it for 6 years. He came back… bought a nice house, cash. Bought a nice car, cash. And is paying for grad school out of pocket. He left when he was 23. (after graduating from college with a bach’ degree in computer networking and security I believe) Then he took the contracting job overseas. He worked for two companies total. 2 years at the first company, 4 years at the 2nd company. Each job was a year by year contract/basis. He says it sucked at first, but as each pay check hit his bank account, it got a little sweeter.
He’s 29 now. He got back about 7 months ago. Now, he’s in grad school. Once he finishes that, he’s gonna have a fat paying job. Fat pay, plus no monthly mortgage sounds like a pretty sweet setup. He says he would do it all again in a heartbeat. There aren’t too many single people who can buy a nice house in cash after just 6 years post graduation. Especially with just a bach’ degree. (I don’t mean “just” a bach’ degree like they are worthless. I mean “just” as in “only having” a bach’ degree in correlation to a single person being able to buy a house in 6 years with cash. It usually takes a hell of a lot more than a bachelors degree to do that in just 6 years. It can take a married couple, both with degrees, almost 20 years to pay off a house.)
Now granted, the job he had paid extremely well. I’m not sure what exactly his position or title was. But he worked in the IT field while in college. Nothing major, since he didn’t have a degree yet, but it looked good on his resume. So he entered the job with almost 4 years experience already. His first year was 95K. His last year was 180K. He said when he added it all up, it averaged out to be about 140K a year for 6 years. But even if somebody ended up with a job that “only” pays 40-60K over there, you still make out like a bandit if you grind right.They pay for food and housing. (I assume this would be the case for you too, because I’ve never heard of contracting jobs where they don’t cover those expenses for you)
On the flip side, I’m sure there are people who hate it and would give you stories equivalent to nightmares. Like any job/duty/position overseas…you are bound to get homesick. It can cause a strain on your relationship/family/children.
IMO, if the only thing holding you back is fear of boredom or hating it just because you are far from home… I would do it. The money is worth it. If you don’t like it, come back after one year. At least you got a decent chunk of change out of it.