The official establishment of the Association took place in Antwerp, Belgium in September 2019 at the occasion of the 2nd European Conference of Service-Learning in Higher Education.
The aim of the Association is to promote service-learning in higher education in Europe and to foster scholarly activities related to it.
The purpose of the European Association of Service-Learning in Higher Education (EASLHE) is more essential than ever before. COVID-19 has brought up new and urgent needs, in which solidarity is central and that can be faced through Service-Learning projects. We are aware that multiple volunteering initiatives are underway in many higher education institutions. We believe that through Service-Learning we can contribute to confronting and overcoming this common threat.
As an association, we encourage our members to collaborate in these actions by generating Service-Learning projects that respond to these needs. As EASHLE members, we could also contribute by disseminating this message through national networks and in our own institutions.
Furthermore, to fulfil the expectations of our members we have carried out an online survey with 15 open questions allowing the collection of written reflections on the membership expectations and contributions of the EASLHE, which was distributed to all the EASLHE members. Out of the 42 current members of EASLHE, a number of 20 responses were obtained. Although the sample size is not a large one, it still represents a significant part of the EASLHE active members. Hence, we consider that the contributions mirrored in the responses are of great informational value, allowing EASLHE to focus on its goals and its activities that can best meet its members. Next, by performing a qualitative content analysis, we highlight the most relevant questions and the responses offered by the EASLHE members.