Last night I got an email from AFS with info all about getting my visa! They're going to send me some documents in the mail soon too (I might get them today, not sure yet). It seems like it's going to be a lot of boring work, but I'm happy that I can start working on it now! We might have to go down to the NYC consulate because you're supposed to be there in person. However, it's all kind of unclear, so we might be able to do it by mail, and it will just take a little longer. I have three choices of languages to do the paperwork in: French, Dutch, or German. My french is still very much a work in progress, but this will probably scare me into practicing more!
Still no word about my placement/ host family. I'm sure I'll get an email about it soon...it seems only fair, considering I've been checking my email constantly since I got accepted!