We run a distributed team (across Australia, Philippines, and wherever our digital nomad guy is currently -- Korea?). That said, we do have some staff in our Manila office (where we also run backoffice operations and business development).
We've realised that it would be very beneficial to leverage a young (25-30 yrs?) developer who is passionate about tech and mentoring, and has an interest in living in South East Asia. We really need someone like that who can provide some structure and technical guidance to the local developers in Manila, who will benefit from this person's experience in high-end projects that they haven't had the opportunity to be involved with due to location.
As an expat myself, I'm keenly aware that this sort of life isn't for everyone. So I think the ideal candidates will be people who have either travelled a lot in South East Asia, or even better, already lived somewhere very different to "home".
My challenge is that I've never tried to hire for that sort of role. Can anyone suggest a good way to approach finding good people?