Who Can Apply?
In order to be a conversation partner, you must be recommended by a professor, even if you are a native speaker of the language.
We give preference to those who are near-native or native speakers. With a strong application and professor recommendation it is definitely possible for non-native speakers to be hired as CPs.
We realize that many native speakers will not have taken a class at Dartmouth in their native language, which is fine since you will not be assisting the student with course work or class concepts. However, you will still need a professor recommendation to complete your application. This can be given by a faculty/supervisor if you are or have been a drill instructor, or you may go have a short conversation with a professor of that language and ask them to write your recommendation based on your conversation (in that language). While knowing a professor personally will produce a stronger recommendation, the recommendation consists only of an evaluation of your speaking skills, so a personal relationship is not required for the recommendation.