This association is a non-profit social organization that was approved and accredited by the Ministry of the Interior, R.O.C., on May 2, 2013. The goal of this association is to promote and develop academic and practical service learning. The main objectives are to advocate service-learning research and practices that support cultivating community participation and social justice; connect with academic resource platforms, the third sector, and the corporate community to promote service learning; provide consultation and other services to schools at all levels that advocate service learning; organize research, learning, and training activities; and advocate international exchange service-learning activities. After the association was approved and accredited, early association development required excellent and solid leadership. Therefore, esteemed Dr. Chao-hsiang Yang who is enthusiastic regarding education was selected to be the first Chairman of the association. Dr. Yang is the President of Fo Guang University and has served as the Chairman of the Research, Development, and Evaluation Commission, Minister of Education, and Minister of Examination. Currently, the association comprises 106 individual members who are primarily university faculty and staff and seven universities and colleges as group members. In the future, this association will promote service learning in elementary and secondary schools and encourage these schools to join the association. This association contains committees for professional development, partnership development, research and publication, and ethics reviews. The responsibilities of the committees are as follows.
1. The Committee for Professional Development: The committee organizes learning activities, prepares study guides, shares learning results, provides professional consultation services, and hosts workshops and seminars.
2. The Committee for Partnership Development: The committee collaborates with the third sector and enterprises, participates in international organization activities, hosts international symposia, and cooperates with other partners.
3. The Committee for Research and Publication: The committee publishes the association’s newsletters, service-learning books, and papers in academic journals and applies for public sector research funding.
4. The Committee for Ethics Review: The committee reviews ethical issues and advocates ethical principles.
Currently, this association has a website platform that provides information regarding service-learning resources. The association publishes newsletters every April and October to provide members with information, advanced professional knowledge, and a method of communication. The association hopes that people who are interested in service learning can interact with, understand, and support one another by using the platform.