The UV’s Peraj Program “Adopt a Friend” began in Israel in 1974 as a pilot project of a group of researchers and students from the Weizmann Institute, where graduate students provided support activities to children and developing youth in disadvantaged communities lacking educational and emotional support. At the Universidad Veracruzana the program began operating in 2009 at the Casa Molino de San Roque.
The Program aims to support primary school children in 5th and 6th grades, developing their individual and social potentials and broadening their world view, by establishing a meaningful relationship with them and a young university student who acts as their tutor. The activities are on a one-to-one basis and support learning through workshops of different topics such as communication, self-esteem and motivation, trips to museums, galleries, libraries, and activities at the gym and on the university’s campus among others.
UV students that meet the requirements for social service and are available for 4 hours a day for an academic year of 10 months and interested in working with children, with a grade point average of at least 8 (on a scale of 10) in university studies.