I got to know amazing people and they became my friends.
So, what are you waiting for? Be a volunteer (in Russia)!
Although I had spend already two years in Russia before my EVS, I got more perspective and important friendships during that half a year than before.
Doing an EVS was one of the best experiences in my life.
I can warmly recommend you to become a volunteer in Russia, it is fun, it makes sense, you can learn Russian, you can be part of a Russian environment, and meet a lot of great people :)