This article presents the Time Travel method, an educational method that uses local heritage to reflect on contemporary issues. The goal is to promote learning, social cohesion and contribute to community building. The Time Travel method started in Kalmar, Sweden in the mid-80s and has spread to more than 20 countries around the world. Target groups are schools and local communities. The definition, principles and the three phases (process, event, follow-up) of the Time Travel method are here explained. Examples of Time Travel programs in South Africa, Kenya and Sweden are presented in an extensive way, and the effect on schools and local communities. Finally, achievements and challenges are discussed and some ideas on how to take the Time Travel method and the organization Bridging Ages into the future, also in South America.


The article was first publiced in Cadernos do LEPAARQ, v. XVII, n. 34, Julho-Dezembro, 2020