Meet the team

Head office South Africa

I recommend Carlas Au Pairs to those interested in au pairing. They are with you every step of the way. I am truly happy and blessed to have gone through them and I have met so many girls and yes South African girls who I can honestly say we have become sisters! I have been here for 2 months and they have been doing regular check ups every week. It may seem a bit odd being in a different environment at first, but prepare yourself for the beat experience ever!

Danielle Meyer

Carla Verster

Founder - Carla’s Au Pairs Head Office

Carla started the company in May 2012 with a dream and a passion. She has a background in teaching and holds a B(Ed) Foundation Phase degree (cum laude) attained at University of Pretoria. She was also an au pair in USA herself in 2001.

She is an avid traveller with more than 70 countries under her belt. She has a passion for cultural exchange and working with young people. Her open-door policy to all Au Pairs creates an environment where Au Pairs feel safe and cared for.


Marelise Botha

Head of Enquiries Department & Social Media / Marketing Manager Head Office

Marelise has a passion for working with young people and seeing them blossom during their year abroad. She loves to travel & has been part of the CAP team for many years.

Marelise oversees all general enquiries that come into Head Office. She is always willing to help & loves interacting with prospective Au Pairs. She also manages our social media & marketing campaigns and creates content for our blog. 

She takes joy in every Au Pair’s journey and supports all of them from the sidelines. If you want to contribute to our social media or blog, contact Marelise today! If you want to Au Pair abroad and do not know where to start, give Marelise a shout. She is always there to help with a smile! 

Email: marelise@carlasaupairs.co.za 

Cell/WhatsApp: 0797492691 / 0712386170

Natashia Potgieter

Head of Applications Department Head Office

Natashia was born and raised in Frankfort (Free state) and travelled a lot as a child. She currently resides in Vaalpark Sasolburg. Since a young age she had a passion to work with children and always wanted to become an Au Pair abroad.

In 2008 she decided to take a leap of faith and make her dream adventure to become an Au Pair abroad a reality. She got the opportunity to Au Pair for 2 years in England for a South African / Irish family. That was the start for a once in a lifetime experience for her. In 2010 she Au Paired in the Netherlands and thereafter in Belgium. While she was in the Netherlands, she got the chance to learn Dutch & travel a lot to places like Paris and Berlin. In Belgium she travelled with her host family to the South of France and the South of Spain for the summer holidays.

It’s Natashia’s passion to help young women make their dreams come true by Au Pairing abroad. She will always be grateful for Carla & the CAP Team for this amazing adventure that helped her to become more independent and meet new people from different countries. Natashia would love to inspire young women to experience their own wonderful adventure of being an Au Pair abroad and she is more than happy to assist them in making their dreams become a reality.

Your application & profile is in excellent hands with Natashia!

Email: natashia@carlasaupairs.co.za
Cell/Whatsapp: 063 061 0413

Janis Hanekom

Head of Placements Department Head Office

Janis is from a small seaside town in the Helderberg – Gordon’s bay and has a ultimate passion for travel and finds nothing more rewarding than helping others make their dreams a reality.

Janis started her career as an Au Pair abroad in the cold and magical Finland after completing her Travel and Tourism studies. Here she had the opportunity to explore Scandinavian countries such as Lapland, the countryside of Norway, Sweden and even the historical Estonia. She has also travelled to the United Kingdom and beautiful Ireland, Thailand, and Mauritius.

Janis has been in the travel industry over 10 years after returning from her first travels abroad in 2009, where she then worked as an Au Pair locally too. She then continued to work in various fields in the within the travel industry, as a Travel agent and for an airline and has now finally found her true passion with Carla’s Au Pairs and can now help others make their Au Pair & cultural exchange dreams a reality, just like she did. This position with CAP combines her love for travel & Au Pairing into one.

“Through all my travel experiences & Au pair experiences I understand that each client is unique and deserves their own personal attention. I believe in delivering service excellence and will always ensure that my client’s process is smooth before, during and after”.

Email: janis@carlasaupairs.co.za
Cell/Whatsapp: 063 678 0474

Stacey Shaw

Managing Director Applications & Placements - Head Office

Stacey is originally from the Eastern Cape and is currently living with her family in Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Stacey successfully Au Paired in USA from 2010 to 2011 and she has worked in the Au Pair industry for many years.  She is a mom to twins and is an extremely energetic, dedicated, organised person, who takes pride in everything that she does. Stacey absolutely loves traveling, experiencing different cultures and apart from traveling to America, she has also travelled to Slovenia, Amsterdam, and she lived and taught English in China for 2 years. 

Stacey’s passion lies with enriching and make a difference in youngsters lives and she is very passionate about the Au Pair industry! She is an extremely hands on and determined person who is always willing to listen, assist and get the ball going and she loves enriching the lives of the Au Pairs in our CAP sisterhood

Email: stacey@carlasaupairs.co.za 

Cell/WhatsApp: 083 874 7816

Linda van Staden & Gerrit van Staden

Admin & Back Office - Head Office

As parents who have had 2 children living abroad on separate occasions, Linda and Gerrit knows what it takes to support Au Pairs and parents alike. They are a hard-working team who assists with all general enquiries with urgency and efficiency. They find great joy in seeing our Au Pairs learn, grow and experience the world – a gift they believe every parent should allow their child to experience. Linda has travelled to Europe, America and Asia and truly enjoys learning about different cultures. There is nothing you cannot come to this couple to about – they are always there to help.

If you you’re interested in becoming an Au Pair abroad & have any general enquiries, contact them today!

Email: linda@carlasaupairs.co.za & gerrit@carlasaupairs.co.za
Cell/Whatsapp: 084 587 7607

Rune Swart

My name is Rune. I am currently an Au Pair in the Netherlands. I started my journey in September 2017. I have about 2 months left before I return to my home country. My time abroad was one of the most challenging opportunities that I had. Looking after two wonderful boys were a privilege.

If I had any questions or was unsure about anything, Marelise from Carla’s Au Pairs, was always ready and eager to help me. Never have I had to remind her to respond back to me, If she couldn’t help me immediately she would do her best to find out and get back to me as soon as possible. Not only did she answered my questions, she always motivated me. She is always friendly.

Rune Swart
Netherlands (2017 – 2018)

Bianca Stephens

Absolutely the best Au Pair agency! They’re there for you whenever you need them! It’s truly a Sisterhood. I can recommend them to anyone looking to go Au Pair overseas! You won’t be disappointed, they help you with everything and that’s makes everything so much easier! Carla is a wonderful person and all her staff members are just as great! CAP team all the way!!

Bianca Stephens
USA (2017)

Carren Wide

Thank you Carla Verster!! Without Carla’s Au Pairs standing behind me, and guiding me through everything.. I would not be able to do this!! Even in just the process of preparing to depart, I have already grown. This is a Sisterhood I hope to always be a part of #CAP!! You guys are the best!!

Carren Wide
USA (2018)

Schane Pedro

Ek kan Carla’s Au Pairs aanbeveel! Jy is definitief in goeie hande wanneer jy deur hulle gaan, hulle is behulpsaam. Vir die ouers wat bekommer om hulle kinders oorsee te stuur – moenie, dis die beste belewenis wat ‘n mens kan he, en Carla maak seker jy is in goeie hande. Ek vertrou hulle so baie en waardeer alles wat hulle doen! Twee jaar klaar deur julle, sien uit na nog ‘n jaar in ‘n ander land. Dankie aan Carla en die res van die span!

Schane Pedro
USA (2018)

Nastasha Vermaak

Wow, “AMAZING” is the word to describe Carla’s Au Pairs! They are so helpful before you go overseas and the whole time that you are there and even after. Carla and her team is professional but so involved in every girls journey. I would highly recommend them! Love this Au Pair agency!! Thank you guys for making my dreams come true!

Nasatasha Vermaak
Italy (2018)

Radio interview with Carla on Eden AM

Carla’s Aupairs Interview on Tuks FM

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