Article written by Birthright Armenia and Dilijan Community Center Volunteers
Roza Kostanyan has been living in Dilijan for 64 years. She is a retired Russian language teacher, born in Baku, Azerbaijan. At the age of 6, she and her family moved to Ijevan, Armenia, where she started attending Russian school. Her teacher once commented “ochen plokho” meaning “very bad,” which motivated her to work harder in school.
At age 19, she started teaching Russian language. Five years later, she moved to Dilijan, where she got married. She has 60 years of teaching experience, having taught at High School of Dilijan for 45 years and at No 4 Secondary School of Dilijan for 10 years. She retired to make way for younger teachers, even though no one wanted her to leave.
She has fond memories of Dilijan – her time as a teacher, raising a family. “I have a big family, two children, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. This is my best memory. I had two sons and they both served in the army.” She is proud of the fact that her sons didn’t try to avoid their duties as citizens of Armenia.
Roza Gareginovna is very patriotic and hopeful of the future. She now lives with her daughter-in-law. Her whole family lives in Russia due to lack of jobs in Armenia. She’s hopeful that more job opportunities will be created and natives will come back to live in Dilijan.