I volunteered with CCS in Dharamsala, India for 5 weeks after graduating high school. It was the perfect program for a young girl traveling alone. While I still had prior travel experience, I really wanted to feel safe in a country with customs I wasn't familiar with. CCS not only offered me unbelievable opportunities for volunteering and making a difference, but also cultural learning, outings, and plenty of time to travel and explore on my own. The staff is awesome! Very friendly and fun to be around. They are always there for you if you need help or have any questions, but still leave you plenty of room to feel independent to make travel plans and explorations on your own.
While CCS is a bit more expensive than other programs it's worth every penny. You're cooked safe food three meals a day and taken to cultural outings and lectures to learn more about the country you have visited. It's a much more dynamic program with well rounded activities. I never once felt unsafe or unsure of where I was or what I was doing. This program not only made me love my time in India, but also proved to prepare me to travel alone in the future.
I HIGHLY recommend CCS for any travel, regardless of their previous experience, age, or who they are traveling with. Our house had volunteers from all over the world, ages ranging from 15 to 82.